Man convicted of murdering former newspaper reporter

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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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