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Sam Steel sentenced to life


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Samuel Steel the Third has been given life without parole for the April 2011 shooting death of 35-year-old Milo Conklin of Kalamazoo.

A circuit court jury found him guilty of first degree murder, and several gun felonies last month after several witnesses testified that Conklin had broken into his home he was going to get even.

In court, Steel denied any responsibility for the crime and refused to face members of Conklin’s family as they gave victim impact statements.

Steel fled the community after the murder and was traced through his contacts in the dog fighting community to Georgia. Outstanding dog fighting charges against Steel have been dropped because of the life term.

Steel is vowing to appeal the conviction.