Man Gets Life For Killing, Burying Body In Cement

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

News Release: Associated Press News

Updated: February 13, 2014, 8:45pm

By MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL

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.


News Release: Associated Press News

February 11, 2014, 6:20pm

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) -- Opening statements are set to begin in the murder trial of a man charged in the beating death of a former Pensacola News Journal reporter.

A jury was selected on Monday, with opening statements set to begin Tuesday morning.

William Cormier is charged with first-degree murder in the 2012 robbery and killing of Sean Dugas.

Prosecutors say Cormier bludgeoned Dugas with a hammer and stole his collection of Magic: The Gathering Cards.

Cormier's twin brother has pleaded no contest to charges of helping him bury Dugas' body and encase it in concrete in the backyard of their father's Georgia home.

Dugas worked at the Pensacola News Journal from 2005 to 2010.


News Release: Associated Press News

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) -- A Georgia man charged along with his twin in the death of a former Pensacola newspaper reporter has pleaded no contest in Florida.

Christopher Cormier pleaded no contest Friday to accessory after the fact first-degree murder and accessory after the fact robbery. He faces up to 60 years in prison for each charge.

Cormier and his brother William had been temporarily staying with Sean Dugas in August 2012 when the man went missing. Dugas' body was found in October, encased in concrete and buried in the backyard of the Widner, Ga., home of the twins' father.

Prosecutors say the twins killed Dugas and then stole a collection of cards for the game Magic: The Gathering. The men sold some of the cards for thousands of dollars.

The Pensacola News Journal (http://goo.gl/VywuvQ) reports that William Cormier's first-degree murder and robbery trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 10.


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