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UPDATE: Minn. Man Appeals Conviction in Wife's Death

By: Associated Press
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UPDATE: Thurs 6:01 PM, Feb. 13, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A St. Paul man convicted of killing his wife and dumping her body in the Mississippi River is appealing his conviction and sentence.

Jeffery Trevino was sentenced in November to 27 years in prison for the murder of 30-year-old Kira Steger. Trevino's sentence was nearly twice the maximum recommended by state sentencing guidelines.

The Star Tribune reports a notice of appeal was filed Thursday in Ramsey County.

A jury convicted Trevino last October of second-degree unintentional murder and acquitted him of second-degree intentional murder, meaning jurors didn't believe he planned the murder.

Steger, who grew up near Wausau, Wis., was last seen alive in public on a date night with Trevino at the Mall of America last Feb. 21. Her body was recovered from the Mississippi in May.
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UPDATE: Mon 4:28 PM, Nov. 25, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A Minnesota man convicted of killing his wife and dumping her body in the Mississippi River has been sentenced to 27 years in prison.

Judge Leonardo Castro on Monday gave Jeffery Trevino of St. Paul a prison sentence above state guidelines.

Prosecutors had sought a 30-year prison term for Trevino, citing aggravating factors. Prosecutors believe Trevino didn't provide medical aid to his wife, Kira Steger, and that he disposed of her body and didn't tell anyone.

Sentencing guidelines call for a maximum 15 years in prison.

The Star Tribune reports Trevino's attorney argued his client should get about 10.5 years.

A Ramsey County jury convicted the 39-year-old Trevino of second-degree unintentional murder last month. Steger, who grew up near Wausau, Wis., went missing the night of Feb. 21.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Mon 11:42 AM, Nov. 25, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Prosecutors in Ramsey County are seeking a 30-year prison term for the man convicted of killing his wife and dumping her body in the Mississippi River.

Sentencing guidelines call for a maximum 15 years in prison. Jeffery Trevino is scheduled to be in court Monday afternoon for sentencing.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that in a memo to the court, assistant Ramsey County attorney Andrew Johnson said Kira Steger's family, friends, law enforcement officers and others searched for her body for months in the cold and snow while Trevino knew exactly where it was.

A Ramsey County jury convicted the 39-year-old Trevino of second-degree unintentional murder last month. Steger, who grew up near Wausau, Wis., went missing the night of Feb. 21.


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