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Wheeling man guilty of attempted stalking

Updated: Thursday, March 13 2014, 07:05 PM EDT

By: Crissy Clutter and NEWS9

A Wheeling man pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted stalking on Thursday.

Roger Steele, 46, was accused of stalking and sexually assaulting his estranged wife, but pleaded to the lesser felony charge.

Ohio County assistant prosecutor Gail Kahle said the state agreed to the charge because the credibility of some witnesses is being investigated.

Kahle asked for a prison sentence of one to three years, but the judge sentenced Steele to no more than 12 months in jail with work release.

Steele said he was sorry to the victim and told her he loved her.

“I can’t go back in time, but I am not the person I once was,” said Steele.

Ohio County Circuit Court Judge David Sims warned Steele to change.

“It’s probably the end of the line for you if you don’t change—you could probably be looking at life next time,” said Sims.

Steele’s estranged wife spoke out in court and said she wanted Roger Steele to be able to work to help her with money and insurance, rather than go to jail.

“I am homeless and have been bathing in melted snow. Why should he get to go to jail and have hot showers and meals?" said the victim.

Roger Steele’s attorney said he took the plea because what he was facing could have been catastrophic.

Wheeling man guilty of attempted stalking

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