Man gets life for killing, burying body in cement
by Melissa Nelson-Gabriel, Associated Press
February 13, 2014 03:30 PM | 635 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
William Cormier, charged with first-degree murder in the death of former Pensacola newspaper reporter Sean Dugas, testifies in his own defense Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Pensacola, Fla. (AP Photo/The Pensacola News Journal, Ben Twingley)
William Cormier, charged with first-degree murder in the death of former Pensacola newspaper reporter Sean Dugas, testifies in his own defense Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Pensacola, Fla. (AP Photo/The Pensacola News Journal, Ben Twingley)
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PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A fantasy game enthusiast was sentenced to life in prison without parole for beating a former Pensacola newspaper reporter to death with a hammer and burying his body in a concrete-covered pit in Georgia.

Prosecutors say William Cormier III was so desperate for money that he killed Sean Dugas in the fall of 2012 so he could steal his $100,000 collection of fantasy role-playing cards.

Jurors convicted Cormier of first-degree murder after a little more than an hour of deliberations. Cormier III showed no reaction as the verdict was read.

A judge sentenced him after hearing testimony during the sentencing phase Thursday afternoon.

Dugas' parents broke down in sobs as the verdict was read. His mother clutched a picture of her son.

Dugas was a reporter with the Pensacola News Journal from 2005 to 2010.



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