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1 convicted in 2007 murder of Redskins star, Sean Taylor

1 convicted in 2007 murder of Redskins star, Sean Taylor
Monday, November 4, 2013 - 7:43pm

A 23-year-old man was found guilty for the 2007 murder of Washington Redskins star, Sean Taylor.

Eric Rivera, Jr., was convicted after a jury deliberated for a little over 16 hours on his fate.

Rivera was 17 at the time of the murder and could face life in prison. Rivera confessed to killing Taylor after they drove to his Fort Meyers home in efforts to steal money from Taylor's home, thinking he would be out of town for the Tampa game. Taylor was actually at home with a knee injury.

Taylor's girlfriend, at the time, and their one-and-a-half-year-old daughter were also at the home at the time of the shooting.

One other suspect, Venjah Hunte, 25, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and burglary and agreed to a 29-year prison sentence deal.

A 9mm handgun was used to kill Taylor, but the murder weapon was never found. Police believe it was hidden in a sock and tossed into the Everglades.

Taylor, a University of Miami star and NFL Pro-Bowler, was shot in the thigh when the bullet pierced his femoral artery, as he reportedly confronted the robbers with a machete. The medical examiner pronounced Taylor dead on arrival at the hospital on November 26, 2007.

Four others involved in the burglary/murder are scheduled to appear in court in the next few months.

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