- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The state has reimbursed the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office for overtime costs racked up during the hunt for a man who escaped from Washington state’s largest mental hospital.

The Spokesman-Review reports (https://bit.ly/29Ty9dS ) the sheriff’s office received the $12,000 check Tuesday. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich praised Democratic Sen. Andy Billig of Spokane for his efforts in helping his office get the money.

The sheriff’s office had been joined by several other law enforcement agencies in the two-day search for Anthony Garver.

Garver escaped April 6 from Western State Hospital, where he was held after being accused of torturing a 20-year-old woman to death in 2013.

He was captured in Spokane County.

Knezovich previously said it’s right to seek reimbursement because the state is at fault for the escape, not Spokane County citizens.

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