Prosecutors are asking the court to sentence Jeffery Trevino to 30 years in prison following his conviction last month in the death of his wife, Kira Steger. It would be a notable sentence – more than twice the prison time generally sought in similar cases.
Prosecutors filed new documents in the case Wednesday, requesting the 30 years based on "aggravating factors" in the case, the Star Tribune reports.
Prosecutors make the argument that Trevino selfishly tried to hide the body without regard to the mental anguish he was inflicting on her loved ones, the Star Tribune reports. They write in a memorandum: “For over two months, Steger’s friends and family, the community, and law enforcement searched for Steger’s body through the cold and snow. They aren’t the ones who found it, but Steger’s grandfather did find the plastic bag containing the blood-soaked pillow. It’s difficult to imagine how the family must have felt after this awful discovery.”
Trevino, 39, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder in February after Steger’s blood was found at the couple’s St. Paul home and inside the trunk of Steger’s car. He pleaded not guilty.
After a number of searches, including searches organized in part by Steger's family, her body was recovered from the Mississippi River in May.
During the trial, Ramsey County attorneys painted a picture of an irrevocably troubled marriage and a husband driven to murder by jealous rage. Trevino's lawyer John Conard sought to discredit forensic evidence in the case, including blood and DNA evidence.
Conard sought to have the conviction overturned because the injuries to Steger suggested a third-degree assault, which does not support a murder conviction. Prosecutors countered that case law and evidence in the case do support the guilty verdict.
Steger was finally laid to rest late last month in her hometown in Rothschild, Wis.