A Pennsylvania man convicted of fatally capturing his wife, tying her physique to an anchor and tossing it into Lake Erie, then making an attempt to cover up the crime by claiming she had apparently fallen overboard, was sentenced to life in prison without risk of parole.
A decide Tuesday imposed the obligatory sentence on 49-yr-previous Christopher Leclair and added up to 17 years for fees together with abuse of a corpse, proof-tampering and false stories, the Erie Occasions-News reported.
“There was virtually a recognizable gasp in this group when this crime was dedicated,” Erie County President Decide John Trucilla stated. “The depravity and depths that you simply went to calculate this murder are in contrast to any this courtroom has ever seen.”
Prosecutors stated the Albion resident was having an affair and killed his fifty one-yr-previous spouse, Karen Leclair, in the summertime of 2017 as a result of his girlfriend had given him an ultimatum to choose between her and his spouse.
Dock surveillance video confirmed the 2 heading out on their business fishing boat on June 10 and him returning alone. He went out on the vessel by himself the subsequent day, putting out a distress call saying his spouse had apparently fallen overboard.
Her body was found in July a number of miles from Dunkirk, New York, which is about 50 miles northeast of Erie. Authorities stated she had been shot within the head, tied up and an anchor hooked up to her physique.
Defense lawyer Bruce Sandmeyer, who argued at trial that Karen Leclair killed herself because she was upset that her husband had been dishonest on her, informed the decide Tuesday that his shopper “continues to say his innocence.”
The defense conceded that Leclair tied his spouse’s physique to the anchor and dropped her into the lake, but Sandmeyer stated that his shopper dumped the body as a result of he didn’t need anybody to know that his actions had brought on his wife to take her own life.
Authorities, nevertheless, introduced testimony that Leclair had additionally advised acquaintances of a plan to kill his wife and drop her physique into Lake Erie on a number of events earlier than his wife disappeared. The decide ordered him to pay $705,974 in restitution to the Coast Guard for the search.