SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — 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.