ST. PAUL, Minn. - A St. Paul man convicted of killing his wife and dumping her body in the Mississippi River is appealing his conviction and sentence.
Jeffery Trevino was sentenced in November 2013 to 27 years in prison for the murder of 30-year-old Kira Steger.
Trevino's sentence was nearly twice the maximum recommended by state sentencing guidelines. During sentencing, a judge ruled that Trevino acted with “particular cruelty” by dumping his wife’s body in the river to avoid detection after killing her in their home.
The Star Tribune reports a notice of appeal was filed Thursday in Ramsey County and in it, Trevino’s attorney, John Conard, argues his client was convicted on circumstantial evidence.
A jury convicted Trevino last October of second-degree unintentional murder and acquitted him of second-degree intentional murder, meaning jurors didn't believe he planned the murder.
Steger, who grew up near Wausau, Wis., was last seen alive in public on a date night with Trevino at the Mall of America, where she worked, Feb. 21, 2013. Her body was recovered from the Mississippi three months later.