Sean Taylor’s murder in 2007 shocked the NFL. The Redskins defensive back was killed during a robbery gone wrong. On Thursday a judge in Miami handed out the sentence to one of the men convicted of second-degree murder of Taylor.
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, who was 17 at the time of the incident, faced life in prison.