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"He's not a monster:" Fitzpatrick's family speaks out after son's sentencing

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Christopher Fitzpatrick's family says he was just in the wrong place and the wrong time when Edward Kitto was killed.

"He's a good person in a bad situation," explained Fitzpatrick's sister Katie Hall.

Dozens of Fitzpatrick's friends lined the benches behind his family, filling the Clay County courtroom as the 21-year-old's sentence was read. 

"I know that the public sees him as a horrible monster but that's not what he is, and the people know him know," said Hall. 

45-years for voluntary manslaughter, meth, and robbery charges. 

"I hope you understand you've been given an opportunity here by the state, and it appears you've  been given an opportunity on behalf of Mr. Kitto's family," Judge Carl Petersen told Fitzpatrick during sentencing. 

"He's a good, young fellow with a big heart.  Nicest person you'd ever want to meet.  He really is," said his father Jim.

Kitto's family lives out of state, and couldn't attend Friday's sentencing.

"Our family is sorry for what happened, you know we're not cold hearted people," said Hall.

Jim and Bridget Fitzpatrick say their son is sorry too.  The Fitzpatrick's say Chris had never met Kitto, before that fateful day last August.

"Nobody wants to be in this situation, nobody asked for it, including him," added Hall.

Though they don't defend what he did, the Fitzpatricks aren't turning their back on their son, either.

"We'll all be here for him, we'll support him, and that will never change," said his mother, Bridgette. 

 

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