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William Cormier III Guilty Of Killing Ex-Reporter For 'Magic The Gathering' Cards

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WILLIAM CORMIER
William Cormier, right, sits with his attorney Richard Currey, left, and listens to witness testimony during his first-degree murder trial in Escambia County Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. Prosecutors allege Cormier beat Dugas to death and stole Dugas' collection of cards, which he later sold in Atlanta for thousands of dollars. (AP Photo/The Pensacola News Journal, Tony Giberson, Pool) | AP

MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL, Associated Press

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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