Trevino to be sentenced in wife's murder

12:13 PM, Nov 25, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - 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.

Jeffery Trevino is scheduled to be in court Monday afternoon for sentencing. Sentencing guidelines call for a maximum 15 years in prison, but prosecutors are expected to ask for an upward departure, perhaps asking for as much as 30 years.

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.

Her body was recovered from the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul near a barge dock.

Trevino's attorneys are expected to tell the judge he is a military veteran, and also emphasize that the jury did not convict him of murdering her "with intent."

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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