Posted January 23, 2014

Man convicted of killing NFL star Sean Taylor gets 57.5 years in prison

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AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Walter Michot)

Eric Rivera was sentenced to 57.5 years for the killing of Sean Taylor. (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Walter Michot)

The man convicted of murdering former Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor six years ago was sentenced Thursday to 57.5 years in prison, reports David Ovalle of the Miami Herald.

Eric Rivera, 23, was convicted of second-degree murder and armed robbery in November after shooting Taylor during a burglary at his South Florida home in 2007.

Rivera and four others broke into Taylor’s home looking to steal cash from the bedroom, but Taylor was home at the time, sleeping next to his girlfriend and infant daughter. Rivera told police Taylor was shot after confronting them with a machete.

Jurors deliberated for four days but could not agree unanimously that Rivera shot Taylor.

Three of the other four accused men have pleaded not guilty to murder charges and are currently awaiting trial. The fourth man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is serving 29 years in prison.

More from the Miami Herald:

During the 11-day trial, jurors heard that Rivera and four other pals drove across Alligator Alley intent on raiding the thousands of dollars in cash they thought Taylor kept in his house on Old Cutler Road. One of the men had attended a birthday party there for Taylor’s sister — and saw her open a gift of $10,000 tucked into a new purse.

Prosecutors also pointed to a letter Rivera penned in jail to a cousin, asking him to pressure a key prosecution witness to change her testimony. Cell phone records tracked Rivera and the group’s phone calls from the West Coast to the area near Taylor’s home. 


7 comments
OrlandoAndy
OrlandoAndy

A just sentence, but if he had been a team mate using a car while drunk to murder him he would have gotten 6 months [in Dallas at least].

JosephBagadoughnutz
JosephBagadoughnutz

and very soon now, every time he farts, its going to sound like wind blowing through a barn


enjoy your new boyfriends

Matthew W
Matthew W

When you willingly decide to ROB someone and bring a gun....you intend to use it. Shockingly when he ran into resistance while carrying through with his plan, he willingly shot the homeowner.


Just give him the death penalty and get it over with. We do not need people like this stealing our oxygen.

mjt424
mjt424

I doubt Rivera wanted to kill Taylor when the evening started but that's what can happen when you are hanging with the wrong people, doing something illegal, have a gun in your hand and the pressure of the moment stresses your amygdala. He took a man's life, a child's daddy, a family's son/brother/grandchild and now he's ruined his own life.

oldtimer55
oldtimer55

Glad to see a just sentence.  RIP, Sean Taylor.  What a football player he was.

rskins09
rskins09

@oldtimer55 ...   Had Redskins season tckts for year ....Sean Taylor was the next Ronnie Lott .... One of the best NFL players I've ever seen ...He was awesome.... Could play any position in the defensive backfield , and a lights-out hitter ... RIP  Sean ...Redskin fans will never forget  you ...