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.