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

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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August 10, 2010 - Former NFL Player, Ex-lover Heading to Trial for 1994 Cold Case Murder of Bill McLaughlin


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