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By Pat Shannan

Yet to be indicted by a grand jury, Larry Fairfax has agreed to a plea bargain with federal prosecutors in exchange for his courtroom testimony against Edgar Steele in Idaho on Nov. 1.

Fairfax, 49, is the handyman who claims that he secretly recorded various conversations from November 2009 until June of this year when FBI agents converged on the Steele home and arrested the high-profile lawyer on charges of murder-for-hire of his wife and mother-in-law.


The documents say Fairfax will plead guilty on Sept. 7 to one count of possession of an unregistered firearm and a count of making a firearm in violation of the National Firearms Act. The firearm in this case was a large metal pipe bomb, which was found under Cyndi Steele's vehicle during an oil change.

Both counts carry a possible 10-year prison sentence but Steele supporters suspect that the final result will remain pending until after the Steele trial and that the sentence will be much softer. Reports say that Fairfax has been a longtime federal informant in drug cases.

The 14-page plea agreement says that if the case proceeded to trial, prosecutors and Fairfax agree he would be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Fairfax and his defense attorney, John Miller, signed the plea agreement.

Fairfax says he made the pipe bombs and attached one to Mrs. Steele’s vehicle in late May. A day or two later, Mrs. Steele drove her vehicle to Oregon to take care of her mother.

The documents say Edgar Steele also had Fairfax put a pipe bomb under Steele’s own vehicle that he could explode, providing him with an alibi after the other pipe bomb exploded under his wife's vehicle.
The first device did not explode and Fairfax claims Steele demanded an explanation as to why the plan did not work.

Fairfax claims that he and another individual, not identified in the documents, drove to Oregon to check whether the pipe bomb was still on her vehicle. They didn't see it and returned to Idaho assuming it had fallen off. Fairfax then removed the device from Edgar Steele’s vehicle, the documents said.

Steele’s friends are very skeptical of this, wondering how it could have gotten back on Mrs. Steele’s SUV after both men were already in jail. Also perplexing is this unnamed partner traveling with Fairfax.

After both Steele and Fairfax had been in jail four days, Mrs. Steele stopped for an oil change in Coeur d’Alene where employees at a lube station discovered the pipe bomb.

In testimony during a detention hearing for Fairfax in June, it was revealed that Fairfax was the alleged hitman, and that he had cooperated as an informant who told authorities about Edgar Steele’s alleged murder-for-hire plot. FBI agents testified that Fairfax wore a hidden recording device in meetings with Steele.

Steele maintains his innocence, saying that none of this plotting ever actually happened and the recordings have been fabricated through hi-tech video and audio manipulation.

As of noon on Tuesday, Sept. 7, Mrs. Steele has filed an objection to the plea bargain planned to allow Fairfax off the hook. Because the FBI has told her that Fairfax has “unnamed accomplices” out there who want to kill her, she fears for her life. The FBI knows who they are, but for three months they have not been identified, arrested, detained, charged or prosecuted.

So while Mrs. Steele says she is scared sleepless, the FBI is doing nothing and the prosecutor wants to let the alleged perpetrator off with a wrist-slap.

The case continues to reek of a “set-up.”

For more details on the strange timeline of the Steele case, see the web site here.

Pat Shannan is the assistant editor of American Free Press. He is also the author of several videos and books including One in a Million: An IRS Travesty and I Rode With Tupper, detailing Shannan’s experiences with Tupper Saussy when the American dissident was on the run in the 1980s. Both are available from FIRST AMENDMENT BOOKS for $25 each.

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(Issue # 17, April 26, 2010)

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