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Ex-NFL linebacker Eric Naposki sentenced to life in prison


Former NFL Linebacker Eric Naposki, who played briefly with the Patriots and Colts in 1988 and 1989, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in California on Friday.

Naposki was convicted of murder last year in a case that sounds like it is the plot of a movie. In 1994, Naposki shot and killed William R. McLaughlin at McLaughlin’s home as part of a plot with McLaughlin’s live-in lover/Naposki’s girlfriend, Nanette Packard McNeal (who, naturally, was known as Nanette Johnston at the time).

The two hoped to collect on a $1 million life insurance policy. McNeal later served a year in jail for writing checks on McLaughlin’s account and both of them were suspects at the time of the killing, but it wasn’t until 2009 that authorities were able to get enough evidence to bring murder charges. McNeal has also been sentenced to life in prison.

In one final cinematic twist, Naposki got in a shouting match with McLaughlin’s daughter during a lengthy statement asserting his innocence, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram. He then argued with the prosecutor while being led out of the courtroom.

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7 Responses to “Ex-NFL linebacker Eric Naposki sentenced to life in prison”
  1. blackqbwhiterb says: Aug 10, 2012 5:31 PM

    over money he ruined his own life, killed a guy, etc…..for greed….

  2. spartan822 says: Aug 10, 2012 5:36 PM

    I think one word sums up this story:


  3. realfootballfan says: Aug 10, 2012 5:38 PM

    I saw a docudrama type show on this case.

    This idiot was so caught up in the panties that he completely lost his mind for this chick. I think she told him that her husband was beating her or something absurd like that, which of course he thought meant he should go kill the guy for her, or at least that is what he claims.

    I know I didn’t believe his story.

  4. dcbrave says: Aug 10, 2012 5:40 PM


  5. pete45 says: Aug 10, 2012 5:44 PM

    He should just blame the NFL like all the other former players. he could say their lack of treatment for concussions caused brain injuries that made him dumb enough to do it.

  6. calij5619 says: Aug 10, 2012 6:42 PM

    The love of money.

  7. daviddmsvcp says: Aug 10, 2012 7:25 PM

    Say it ain’t so, Naposki.

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