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Gene Kirkpatrick, right, listens to his wife, Sharon, ask Judge Steven Marquart for leniency on Monday in Fargo in his sentencing for the death of Fargo dentist Philip Gattuso. Kirkpatrick received a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Man who conspired to murder Fargo dentist receives life in prison without parole

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FARGO - As deputies led her husband away to spend the rest of his life in prison, Sharon Kirkpatrick stood in front of reporters Monday at the Cass County Courthouse and took one last jab at Philip Gattuso, the Fargo dentist whose murder her husband was convicted of plotting.


"Philip was not a sterling angel," she said. "If there was ever a prince of darkness, that man was."

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