The man opted for his hand, he testified in March, still wearing a plaster cast that covered most of his hand and forearm.
Months later, Eliason was caught on a hidden camera worn by the victim, taking the title to the victim’s motorcycle.
The case drew heavy security to the courthouse during each proceeding. Salem police had both uniformed and plainclothes officers at the courthouse each day during jury selection.
Chief Paul Tucker said he hasn’t calculated the total cost to the department.
“My feeling was security had to be paramount in a trial of this nature,” said Tucker. “It’s our city.”