Ex-NFL player Eric Naposki gets life in California murder

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- A former NFL linebacker has been sentenced in California to life in prison without possibility of parole for murdering his lover's wealthy live-in boyfriend nearly two decades ago.

An Orange County Superior Court judge sentenced Eric Andrew Naposki on Friday. A jury convicted him last year of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Naposki shot 55-year-old William Francis McLaughlin at the suggestion of his lover, Nanette Ann Packard, who was also McLaughlin's live-in girlfriend.

Naposki was working as a nightclub bouncer at the time of the 1994 murder. He was a former linebacker for the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts.

The 46-year-old Packard was convicted in January and also sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Prosecutors say Packard stood to collect $1 million in life insurance if McLaughlin died.

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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