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Prosecutors request stiffer sentence for Trevino ahead of trial

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A court filing this week by Ramsey County prosecutors is pushing for a longer sentence if Jeffery Trevino is convicted of murdering his wife, Kira Trevino, the Star Tribune reports.

Kira, 30, was last seen alive on Feb. 21 and is presumed dead. Her body is still missing.

Jeffery Trevino is charged with two counts of second-degree murder after investigators found copious amounts of blood at the Trevino's St. Paul home and in Kira's car.

Assistant County Attorney Andre R.K. Johnson calls for the enhanced sentence based on two factors, according to the newspaper. The first alleges that Trevino treated his wife with particular cruelty by concealing her body from police and causing increased anguish for Kira's family.

The second factor is Trevino's failure "to render aid to the victim."

Law enforcement, volunteers and family members continue the search for Kira. This weekend, searchers will cover Battle Creek Regional Park Saturday and Bunker Hills Regional Park Sunday, according to the Pioneer Press.

A few clues have turned up when searchers scoured Keller Regional Park in Maplewood last month. A volunteer turned over a bag filled with Kira's clothing and a bloody pillow. A DNA analysis later revealed the blood is Kira's.

Ramsey county divers spent several hours searching Keller Lake after cadaver dogs picked up a scent near holes drilled in the ice, but turned up nothing.

Jeffery Trevino, 39, pleaded not guilty to the murder charges. His trial is scheduled for May 28.

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