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Published May 01, 2014, 07:32 PM

Wade Garrett sentenced to 24 years in prison

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Fargo man will spend more than 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in one of Fargo's largest murder cases. 19-year-old Wade Garrett was sentenced today in Cass County Court, the first of four suspects.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Fargo man will spend more than 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in one of Fargo's largest murder cases.

19-year-old Wade Garrett was sentenced today in Cass County Court, the first of four suspects.

Today in court, a Cass County judge sentenced Wade Garrett to 24 years in prison; followed by one year of supervised probation.

The sentencing came after Garrett struck a deal with prosecutors.

He pleaded guilty to the murder of 26-year-old Rolandas House on March 14th.

Fargo police found House's body with stabbing injuries in South Fargo.

Garrett told law enforcement the murder happened after an attempted drug deal and robbery.

As part of his sentencing, Garrett must continue to cooperate with law enforcement and testify against the other three suspects.

Arlen Clapper of Moorhead and his two children, Tamara and Alexander, are also charged with murder.

Tristan Van De Streek/Cass Co. Prosecutor: “Today, a young man responsible for taking the life of another individual was sentenced to a significant sentence. He was brought to justice and we are prepared to proceed against the other participants in this crime. So it was a good day.”

Steven Mottinger/Defense Attorney: “A lot of people could've done a lot of things differently and we wouldn't be here right now. Unfortunately Mr. Garrett did make some serious errors in judgment. He accepted responsibility for his actions and he simply wants to move forward.”

All three Clappers are in custody, held on a $1 million bond.

Today after sentencing I did speak with Wade Garrett's family.

They would not go on camera but tell me they're very proud of Garrett, for willingly helping law enforcement in this case.

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