Edgar Steele sentenced in murder for hire plot

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- A former attorney for Aryan Nations was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison for hiring a hit man in a failed plot to kill his wife and mother-in-law.

Edgar J. Steele of Sagle was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill in Coeur d'Alene. He was convicted in May.

Steele paid Larry Fairfax, 50, also of Sagle, $10,000 in silver for the hit, authorities said. Fairfax testified during Steele's trial that though he was desperate for money and accepted the silver, he didn't intend to follow the plot all the way to the end.

Steele represented the white supremacist Aryan Nations and founder Richard Butler during the 2000 trial that bankrupted the hate group.