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Prosecutors seek to punish ‘heartless’ crimes

A former North Idaho attorney convicted of hiring a hit man to kill his wife faces 50 years in prison when he’s sentenced today for what prosecutors call his “chillingly calculated” crimes. Edgar J. Steele, 65, is to be sentenced at 9 a.m. by U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill in Coeur d’Alene. A jury in Boise convicted him in May of four felonies for paying his handyman, Larry Fairfax, in silver to kill his wife and mother-in-law with a car bomb. Prosecutors said the motive was Steele’s desire to spend time with a young Ukrainian woman he met online. He’s been in jail since his arrest in June 2010.

Steele hitman sentenced

A handyman hired by a North Idaho lawyer to kill his wife was sentenced Wednesday to 27 months in prison for an explosive device he strapped to the intended victim’s car. Larry Fairfax, 50, didn’t tell investigators about the pipe bomb when he agreed to secretly record conversations about the plot with lawyer Edgar Steele for the FBI. Steele was arrested June 11.

Edgar Steele guilty on all counts

A jury of 11 women and 1 man convicted Edgar Steele of hiring a hitman-turned-FBI-informant to kill his wife and mother in law.

Boise jury deliberating in Steele trial

BOISE – A jury of 11 women and one man will continue deliberating today in the case of a North Idaho lawyer accused of hiring a man to kill his wife and mother-in-law. Jurors deliberated for about four hours Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Boise, where Edgar J. Steele’s trial began a week ago.

Jury goes home in Steele murder-for-hire case

BOISE - A jury of 11 women and one man has begun deliberations in the case of a North Idaho lawyer accused of hiring a man to kill his wife and mother-in-law. Jurors are about to leave U.S. District Court in Boise, where Edgar J. Steele's trial began a week ago.

Edgar Steele a heavy user of dating website

BOISE – A North Idaho lawyer standing trial on federal charges that he hired a man to kill his wife sent more than 14,000 online messages to women he met through an online dating website before his arrest. Edgar Steele’s wife, Cyndi Steele, told jurors in Boise on Friday that those messages were part of his research into the Russian mail-order bride business. Cyndi Steele knew, she said, that her husband had told one woman he was not in love with his wife and that he was looking for “a girl he couldn’t live without.”