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Brothers sentenced in killing, burial of Fla. reporter in concrete pit

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By The Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, 9:06 p.m.

PENSACOLA, Fla. — A former reporter became friends with twin brothers through the world of fantasy card and role-playing games, and it was a set of $100,000 collectible cards that led one of the brothers to kill the journalist and bury his body in a concrete-covered pit. The other brother helped cover up the crime.

Both were sentenced on Thursday. William Cormier III was convicted of first-degree murder and given life in prison without parole for beating Sean Dugas to death with a hammer and burying him in a concrete-covered pit in Georgia in 2012. Cormier's twin, Christopher, pleaded no contest to charges of helping his brother move the body. He was sentenced to 15 years.

Prosecutors said Cormier III was so desperate for money that he killed Dugas so he could steal his collection of cards, some of which featured artwork of dragons, birds and islands, for the game “Magic: The Gathering.”

Dugas worked as a multimedia and crime reporter for the Pensacola News Journal from 2005 to 2010.

Cormier III, who was the only witness to testify for the defense at his own trial, said Christopher was the one who killed Dugas.

 

 
 


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