MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals is upholding the conviction of Jeffery Trevino, who was found guilty of murdering his wife.
In January, Trevino’s attorney went in front of a three-judge panel at the appeals court to ask for a reduction in Trevino’s 27-year sentence, as well as a reversal of the conviction and a new trial.READ MORE: 'This Is A Test For Minnesota': Protesters Outside Governor's Mansion Call For Justice In Derek Chauvin Trial
Trevino’s lawyer claimed the jury did not get accurate instructions in the case.READ MORE: Police Seek Suspect In Fatal Shooting Near George Floyd Memorial
On Monday, the appeals court ruled that the district court “did not abuse its discretion in instructing the jury on circumstantial evidence.”
Also, the appeals court said that the district court’s aggravated sentence was appropriate, not only because of the concealment of Steger’s body, but also because of the “particularly cruel” measures Trevino took to conceal his act.MORE NEWS: As Spring Allergies Spike, Doctors Say Test For COVID As A Precaution
“By the time Steger’s body was discovered, it was deteriorated to the point of being unidentifiable without forensic testing and dental-record comparison,” the court ruling said.