KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - A man who fled to Georgia and was tracked down by his dog fighting connections has been convicted of a Kalamazoo murder.
Samuel Steel was convicted Friday in the 8th District Court of first-degree murder, two counts of felony firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm in the death of Milo Conklin.
Conklin, 35, was found shot on Mabel Street in Kalamazoo on the night of April 24, 2011 -- Easter Sunday -- and later died. A second man was also injured in that shooting. Authorities said Steel shot Conklin because he felt he'd been robbed of something.
Steel, 44, was prosecuted by the state Attorney General's Office.
He was arrested in August 2012 by the FBI in Georgia, where he had been hiding under the alias Glen Norris.
Authorities tracked him down via dog breeding records linked to his connection to a Kalamazoo dog fighting ring busted in April 2012. A Kalamazoo animal control officer knew Steel was using sperm banks to preserve his dog's blood line, and she contacted those banks.
Steel has six previous felony convictions. He was also charged not long after Conklin was killed in connection to the dog fighting ring and after his arrest with nine federal heroin distribution charges.
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