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N.D. inmate sues over pulled tooth

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- A man convicted of killing and dismembering a Wisconsin man has filed a federal lawsuit over his medical treatment at the North Dakota state penitentiary.

Dennis Gaede says he requested a root canal and crown after he cracked a tooth on a piece of shell in a breaded oyster. He says the decision to pull the tooth instead of repairing it violates his constitutional rights regarding cruel and unusual punishment.

Gaede is seeking $75,000. The government has not responded to the lawsuit.

Gaede was convicted of killing Timothy Wicks in 2001 in Gaede's home in Gardner, north of Fargo. Gaede is serving a life sentence without parole.

Wicks' dismembered body was found along the Wisconsin-Michigan border.