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Man convicted of second-degree murder in Sean Taylor’s death


Nearly six years after the death of former Washington safety Sean Taylor, a 23-year-old man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the case.

A jury has found Eric Rivera Jr. guilty of both second-degree murder and armed burglary in the death of Taylor, which court testimony indicates was the result of a botched attempt to steal cash from Taylor’s home.

Rivera, who was 17 at the time of the killing, could be sentenced to life in prison.

Although police said Rivera confessed to shooting Taylor days after Taylor’s death on November 27, 2007, he later claimed the confession was coerced. In his confession, Rivera said he and four others planned to go to Taylor’s home and steal from him, believing Taylor kept more than $100,000 in cash in his house, and also thinking he would be playing in a game at Tampa Bay at the time. Taylor was actually recuperating from a knee injury and did not go to Tampa.

Three of the other men Rivera implicated in his confession are still awaiting trial. A fourth pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and burglary and was sentenced to 29 years in prison.

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16 Responses to “Man convicted of second-degree murder in Sean Taylor’s death”
  1. jjb0811 says: Nov 4, 2013 3:34 PM

    lock them up & throw away the keys!

  2. redskins82 says: Nov 4, 2013 3:37 PM

    Good! Hopefully the sentencing moves forward without the same lengthy delays as the trial. RIP Sean Taylor!

  3. logicalvoicesays says: Nov 4, 2013 3:37 PM

    Sean Taylor is the most talented safety to ever live. We haven’t ever been able to replace him. Rest in Peace Sean. #HTTR

  4. vegaskid21 says: Nov 4, 2013 3:40 PM

    Hope his cell mate is a BIG Redskins fan.

  5. timbuttrum says: Nov 4, 2013 3:42 PM

    Won’t bring you back Sean, but I hope this brings a little comfort to the loved ones you left behind. Rest in peace.

  6. socalskinsfan21 says: Nov 4, 2013 3:43 PM

    God’s defensive team is stacked.

    Sean Taylor
    Jerome Brown
    Derrick Thomas
    Reggie White

  7. theblowtorchreview says: Nov 4, 2013 3:44 PM

    It’s about time!

    What happened to all the others in that gang?

  8. cbrown386 says: Nov 4, 2013 3:50 PM

    I’m glad they’re finally tying that case up. It’s been long enough for Taylor’s family, it’s about time they can at least get some closure. I hope this kid and the rest of them involved get the punishment that they deserve.

  9. duncanthecat says: Nov 4, 2013 3:57 PM

    Stupid Idiot made one too many stupid mistakes.

  10. slugdc says: Nov 4, 2013 4:03 PM

    @theblowtorchreview – One made a plea bargain and was given a 29 year sentence. The others are pending trial though they are all accomplices/accessories; Rivera is the one that actually pulled the trigger.

  11. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Nov 4, 2013 4:16 PM

    Well it’s good to see that the wheels of Justice got this lil murder wrapped up so quickly, I am sure the survivors (If any of them havent died of old age) appreciate the sense of urgency in getting this case processed…

  12. cowboyfan45 says: Nov 4, 2013 4:19 PM

    How does it take nearly six years to get justice in this case…

  13. darngoodreason says: Nov 4, 2013 4:22 PM

    Th league needs to due more for the skins to make this draft loss acceptable. 2006 not enough. Win this year at Seattle in layoffs would be a start. I mean really it’s not like they can market the drug riddled Seahawks.

  14. vbe2 says: Nov 4, 2013 4:27 PM

    Why did this take so long to get to trial?

  15. skins1970 says: Nov 4, 2013 4:33 PM

    I hope this SOB never get out!

    RIP #21 you are still missed


  16. tboz28 says: Nov 19, 2013 2:16 PM

    21 forever
    you will always be missed


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