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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A text message to his jilted fiance has cost a western New York man $53,000.

Louis Billittier Jr. broke up with his bride-to-be in 2012, sending the bad news by text message. When his girlfriend, Christa Clark, replied angrily, he texted back, "Plus you get a $50,000 parting ring. Enough for a down payment on a house."

Those fateful words convinced a state Supreme Court judge that the ring was no longer involved in a marriage contract, but was now a "parting gift."

Billittier had sued Clark to get the ring back. But the Buffalo News eports that Judge Russell Buscaglia ruled last week that Clark was entitled to the white gold, 2.97-carat diamond ring or its fair market value.

Billittier's lawyer declined to comment.

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