COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

The family of a man appealing his murder-for-hire conviction has released a video maintaining his innocence.

The documentary-style video is called "Witness to the Persecution: The Plot to Silence Edgar Steele," and was produced by Steele's wife, Cyndi Steele.

Cyndi Steele maintains her husband did not hire a hit man to kill her. He was convicted by a federal jury in Boise in 2011, and was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Cyndi Steele tells The Coeur d'Alene Press time is running out for her husband.

Edgar Steele is 67 years old and being held in a federal prison in Victorville, Calif.

Robert T. McAllister, of Denver, who was Steele's primary attorney during his trial, was disbarred about a month after the jury convicted Steele.