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Ex-NFL player Eric Naposki faces possible life sentence in Calif. millionaire murder

Eric Naposki, former NFL linebacker, was found guilty in July 2011 of killing Southern California millionaire William McLaughlin in his Newport Beach home in 1994. KCBS

Former NFL Player, Ex-Lover Heading to Trial for 1994 Cold Case Murder of William McLaughlin
Eric Naposki (Greenwich Police)

(CBS/AP) SANTA ANA, Calif. - Former NFL linebacker Eric Naposki, who was convicted of killing Southern California millionaire William McLaughlin in his Newport Beach home in 1994, is set to be sentenced on Friday.

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In July, a jury found Naposki guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of McLaughlin. The jury also found a true special circumstance allegation that Naposki committed the murder for financial gain and he personally discharged a firearm.

Naposki is now facing a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Authorities say Naposki was romantically involved with McLaughlin's girlfriend, Nanette Ann Packard. She would have collected $1 million in life insurance from McLaughlin's death. She also is charged with murder and her trial is scheduled for later this year.

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