Sean Taylor’s killer gets 57 years in prison

According to the Associated Press, the man who fired the shot that killed former Redskins safety Sean Taylor was sentenced to 57 years in prison today.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy imposed the sentence Thursday on 23-year-old Eric Rivera Jr., who was convicted in November of second-degree murder and armed burglary. Rivera had faced a maximum life sentence.

Rivera told police in a videotaped confession that he and other young men from the Fort Myers area broke into Taylor’s Miami-area house hoping to steal cash the NFL player kept there. Taylor surprised them because he was home instead of with the Redskins and was shot after confronting them with a machete.

Rivera testified someone else fired the gun. Three others are awaiting trial in the case.

RIP 21.



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