by: Contributed photo Viktor Gebauer

Unlicensed Gresham dentist Viktor Gebauer, 81, was sentenced to life in prison for murdering Viktor Merezhnikov, 47, in February 2010. Gebauer argued that he shot Merezhnikov in self defense, but he was convicted by a jury last month.

Judge Richard Baldwin also ordered Gebauer to pay Merezhnikov's wife and daughter $150,000.

Gebauer is a Russian immigrant, and often treated others, like Tajikistani immigrant Merezhnikov, in the dentist office he ran out of his home. On the night he was killed, Merezhnikov was reportedly seeking medical attention for a crown Gebauer had removed at an appointment a week earlier.

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