Trevino appeals murder conviction in death of his wife

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A St. Paul man who was convicted of killing his wife and dumping her body in the Mississippi River is appealing.

The Star Tribune reports Jeffery Trevino appealed the judgment and sentence he received last year in the killing of his wife, Kira Steger.

Trevino was sentenced to 27 1/2 years in prison, nearly twice the maximum recommended by guidelines. A jury convicted him of second-degree unintentional murder last October. He was acquitted of second-degree intentional murder.

According to the Star Tribune, at the time Trevino was sentenced, Judge Leonardo Castro found that Trevino acted with "particular cruelty" by dumping Steger's body in the Mississippi River to evade detection.

According to KSTP, a notice of appeal was filed in Ramsey County District Court on Thursday. A formal petition is expected to be brought to the courts in a few days.

Trevino reported Steger missing last year on Feb. 24, she was last seen alive just a few days earlier on a date night with Trevino at the Mall of America. Her body was recovered from the Mississippi River on May 8.

Prosecutors said Trevino killed her at their home, because she was having an affair and wanted out of the marriage. The defense claimed there was not enough physical evidence to prove Trevino killed her.

Trevino's defense attorney John Conard did not call a single witness and Trevino did not take the stand in his own defense.

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