PENSACOLA, Fla. — A fantasy game enthusiast was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for beating a former Pensacola newspaper reporter to death with a hammer and burying his body in a concrete-covered pit in Georgia.
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, prosecutors said.
Jurors convicted Cormier of first-degree murder after a little more than an hour of deliberations. Dugas’s parents broke down in sobs as the verdict was read. His mother clutched a picture of her son.
Prosecutor Bridgette Jensen said in closing arguments that Cormier III used profits from selling the cards to pay for the plastic storage container that became Dugas’s coffin.