Leclair ordered to pay more than $420,000 in restitution for Coast Guard search

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A man convicted of killing his wife now knows the amount he owes the US Coast Guard. 

An Erie County jury found Christopher Leclair guilty of first-degree murder for the death of his wife. 

Investigators say Leclair lied to the Coast Guard when he said his wife Karen Leclair fell overboard into Lake Erie a day after he tossed her body into the water.  That distress call led to a massive 30-hour search.

Today, the defense and prosecution agreed Leclair would owe more than $424,000 in restitution to the US Coast Guard.  The amount does not include personnel expenses.

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