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Edgar Steele dies in prison at age 69

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Edgar Steele, who once represented Aryan Nations founder Richard Butler in a lawsuit that bankrupted the white supremacist group, has died in federal prison in California. Steele was 69. Steele was serving a 50-year sentence at the federal prison in Victorville, California, after he was convicted of plotting to kill his wife. The prison website listed him as dying on Thursday. No other details were immediately available. Steele's wife, Cyndi, never believed that her husband was involved in a murder-for-hire scheme. But a Boise jury convicted Steele of four felonies for paying his handyman to kill Steele's wife and mother-in-law with a car bomb. Butler hired the northern Idaho attorney in 2000 to defend Aryan Nations from a lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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