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Orange County man sentenced to life in prison for arranging wife's 2004 killing

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SANTA ANA, California — An Orange County man convicted of arranging his wife's murder to avoid a costly divorce will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Prosecutors said Monday that 62-year-old Magdi Girgis (MOG'-dee GURR-ghiss) of Westminster has been sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole.

Authorities say he hired someone to stab 55-year-old Ariet (AHR'-ee-et) Girgis in September of 2004.

A few days before her death, the woman testified in a domestic violence case against her husband, saying her marriage was "miserable."

Girgis was convicted of murder and conspiracy in April and sentenced on Friday.

Prosecutors say the killer and a middleman involved in the contract slaying remain at large.

A third person, Anthony Edward Bridget, awaits trial on the same charges.

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