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Jeffrey Trevino appeals conviction in wife's death

By: KARE-TV Email
By: KARE-TV Email

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A Minnesota man convicted of killing his wife is appealing his conviction, according to our sister station KARE-11.

Last November, Jeffery Trevino was sentenced to prison for the murder of 30-year-old Kira Steger.

Trevino's sentence was nearly twice the maximum recommended.

The appeal was filed Thursday in Ramsey County District Court.

Last October, a jury convicted Trevino of second-degree unintentional murder and acquitted him of second-degree intentional murder.

Steger was a central Wisconsin native, and a former student at UW-Eau Claire.

Earlier Story

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The attorney for a St. Paul man convicted of killing his wife is asking a judge to sentence him to 10 1/2 years in prison, instead of 30.

Jeffery Trevino was convicted in October of second-degree unintentional murder in the death of 30-year-old Kira Steger. Her body was found in the Mississippi River in May, more than two months after she went missing.

The Star Tribune reports (http://strib.mn/1jsTl8s ) reports the prosecution filed a memo Wednesday requesting a 30-year sentence, because of "aggravating factors," including the fact that Steger's body was missing for two months.

Trevino's attorney John Conard argues in a memo that the 39-year-old's military service and previously clean criminal record should grant him a lower-end prison sentence.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- UPDATE: 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, went missing the night of Feb. 21.

Earlier Story

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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