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COEUR d'ALENE -- Federal prosecutors are asking that a north Idaho attorney convicted of hiring a hit man to kill his wife and mother-in-law be sentenced to 50 years in prison for the failed plot.

Edgar J. Steele of Sagle is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene. He was convicted in May.

The government's sentencing memorandum says Steele was heartless to plan the murder of his wife and depraved in manipulating a financially desperate neighbor to commit the crime.

Informant Larry Fairfax confessed to attaching a pipe bomb to Cyndi Steele's vehicle, but said he rigged it so it wouldn't go off. It was discovered when she stopped for an oil change shortly after her husband's arrest. An explosives expert said it could have detonated.

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