Centre County has received a $95,000 check from the state to cover the cost of Jerry Sandusky’s trial and incarceration in county jail.
Court Administrator Maxine Ishler said Tuesday the money is reimbursement from the state Attorney General’s Office for costs tracked by both the county and local police departments.
Ishler said the figure covers costs up to Sandusky’s sentencing on Oct 8. One last invoice will be sent later this month to recoup the county’s final expenses related to its most high-profile case.
As of August, the county had spent almost $56,000 on costs related to the two-week trial. County Administrator Tim Boyde said the bulk of the expenses — $46,479 — went toward county employees’ wages.
Ishler said an additional $22,000 of the state’s check covers overtime and other expenses for local police departments.
Officers from Bellefonte, State College and Spring, Patton and Ferguson townships and Penn State logged 972 hours during the two weeks of the trials for Sandusky and three men convicted in a spree of sometimes violent robberies and burglaries.
The state also covered the bill for the time Sandusky spent in the Centre County Correctional Facility. He was taken from county jail to state prison in Camp Hill on Oct. 23.
He was later transferred to the State Correctional Institution at Greene in southwest Pennsylvania, where he is expected to spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Sandusky, who was convicted for sexually abusing 10 young boys, sometimes on the Penn State campus, is asking for a new trial on the grounds that his attorneys did not have enough time to prepare his defense.
— Matt Carroll