A former NFL linebacker was sentenced Friday to life without the possibility of parole for the 1994 slaying of a wealthy Newport Beach businessman, prosecutors said.
Eric Naposki, 45, and his then-lover, Nanette Packard, 47, killed Bill McLaughlin in a scheme to take $1 million in insurance money and live in McLaughlin's waterfront house rent-free for a year, prosecutor Matt Murphy told jurors at Naposki's trial last year.
At the time, Packard dated and lived with McLaughlin. She stood to gain the money if McLaughlin died. His will also said she could live in one of his homes rent-free for a year, in the case of his death, prosecutors said.
The Orange County district attorney's office claims that on the night of McLaughlin's murder, Naposki entered the home using a key Packard left for him and shot the businessman dead in his kitchen before going to work at the Thunderbird nightclub 131 yards away.