Man convicted in killing, burying body in concrete

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) – A man has been convicted of beating a former Pensacola newspaper reporter to death with a hammer and burying his body in a concrete-covered pit in Georgia.

Prosecutors said William Cormier III was so desperate for money that he sold some of Sean Dugas’ collection of fantasy role-playing cards after he killed him in the fall of 2012. Experts said the collection was worth $100,000.

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.

He faces up to life in prison and a judge is hearing testimony in the sentencing phase Thursday afternoon.

Dugas was a reporter with the Pensacola News Journal from 2005 to 2010.

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