Six years after killing Washington Washington Football Team's star safety Sean Taylor, Eric Rivera Jr. is finally sentenced. Rivera, a 23-year-old that is second of five defendants to be convicted of Taylor’s death, will spend the next 57 1/2 years of his life in a Florida prison. He will be 70 years old when he is finally released, according to the Miami Herald.
Three other alleged participants are awaiting trial. A fifth defendant, Venjah Hunte, 25, already has pleaded guilty and will receive a 29-year sentence.
Prosecutors said Rivera shot and killed Taylor when he and four pals — not believing the football star was home — broke into Taylor’s home in November 2007. Taylor, who had been sleeping alongside his girlfriend and their young daughter, surprised the group as Rivera kicked in the master-bedroom door, authorities said.
Rivera, who had faced up to life in prison, offered a brief statement of remorse.
“I’m going to have to live with the consequences and I’m truly sorry for your loss … I’m sorry,” he said.
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