Husband Convicted of Killing Wife on Lake Erie Seeks to Cancel $700,000 in Restitution
The commercial fisherman serving life in prison for murdering his wife and tossing her body into Lake Erie, is now fighting a restitution fee he’s been ordered to pay the U.S. Coast Guard.
On December 11, Christopher Leclair, 49, was sentenced to serve life in prison plus 17 years for murdering his 51-year-old wife Karen Leclair.
Christopher Leclair was also ordered to pay nearly $700,000 in restitution to the U.S. Coast Guard, for the 30 hour search of Lake Erie for Karen Leclair’s body.
However, Mr. Leclair’s lawyer Bruce Sandmeyer has filed a motion to have the restitution canceled.
In the court filing, Sandmeyer argues that the restitution was an estimate and not the actual cost of the search.
On June 10, 2017, a jury convicted Christopher Leclair for shooting his wife in the head, tying her body to an anchor, and tossing her body off of their commercial fishing vessel the Doris M, into Lake Erie.
According to trial testimony, Mr. Leclair then went back out onto Lake Erie the next day, and reported Karen Leclair missing.
The distress call led to a massive two day search for Karen’s body, which was found several weeks later off of the shores of Dunkirk, New York.
President Judge John Trucilla will address the request at a hearing on Wednesday morning, at 9:00 a.m.