Federal judge orders restitution to be paid by man convicted of Kodiak Coast Guard killings

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KODIAK, Alaska — The man convicted of killing two men at a Coast Guard communications station in Kodiak has been ordered to pay nearly $1.5 million to their estates.

James Wells, a civilian expert in radio antennas, was convicted April 25 of killing co-workers Richard Belisle (BEL'-eye-ul) and Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins on April 12, 2012.

He was sentenced July 8 to four consecutive life terms.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline (BYST'-lyn) Wednesday ordered Wells to pay $770,470 to Belisle's estate and $713,005 to Hopkins' estate.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror (http://bit.ly/1wnklRF) reports the victims' widows in April sued Wells for wrongful death. Kodiak attorney Jill Wittenbrader is representing Nicola Belisle and Deborah Hopkins.

Wittenbrader says the court has not set a trial in the civil case.

Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com

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