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Updated: Cormier sentenced to life without parole for murder of PNJ reporter

The jury deliberated for less than an hour before finding Cormier guilty of first degree murder.
Cormier was stoic inside the courtroom as the judge read the jury's verdict.
The trial lasted four-days, where family and friends took the stand, wanting justice for Dugas.


    Clutching  a picture of her son, Sean Dugas' mother broke down in tears as she heard Judge Terry Terrell sentence William Cormier to life in prison.
    The trial was an emotional time for those who loved Dugas, having to listen to explicit details of how Cormier brutally murdered him..

"There were parts that were hard to hear," said Dugas' best friend D.W. Day.

    It was August of 2012, when, after an argument between Cormier and Dugas, Cormier took a hammer and beat Dugas in the head 12 times.
    With the help of his twin brother Christopher, Cormier  stuffed Dugas in a plastic container and buried him in his father's backyard in Georgia.
    He then stole Dugas'  "Magic: The Gathering" cards. The cards are considered rare and valuable. He sold them for thousands of dollars.

"For both of them to have been convicted, it's a huge blessing for us all," said Day.

    During the trial, Cormier testified in his own defense, alleging it was his brother who murdered Dugas.
    But during his sentencing hearing, Christopher also testified, saying he wishes he could have stopped his brother. He even apologized to the family.

"It was an apology too late," said Day.

    Dugas' family also spoke during sentencing, reading letters and sharing fond memories of Dugas.
    Grieving family and friends now trying to find a way to move on, without the free-spirited individual they came to know and love.

"He was the most amazing person in this world," added Day.