Judge determines Leclair is responsible for search costs to find his wife

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A man convicted with the calculated killing of his wife now has to pay restitution to the US Coast Guard.

In October, an Erie County jury found 49-year-old Christopher Leclair guilty of several charges including first-degree murder.  

Investigators say Leclair shot his wife in the head, tied her to an anchor, then threw her body into Lake Erie. A day later, he called the Coast Guard saying his wife had fallen overboard.  That distress call led to a massive search; one the prosecution says cost more than $700,000.  President Judge John Trucilla determined the defendant is responsible for the cost of that search.  

A hearing is scheduled for February 19th to determine exactly how much Leclair will have to pay.

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