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Alleged mastermind of Sean Taylor burglary is convicted

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Justice delayed may be justice denied.  But justice continues to arrive for Sean Taylor.

Via David Ovalle of the Miami Herald, Jason S. Mitchell has been convicted of first-degree murder and armed burglary in connection with the shooting death of Taylor in November 2007.

Prosecutors alleged, and a jury believed after more than three hours of deliberation, that Mitchell was the mastermind of the plot to rob Taylor’s home.  Judge Dennis Murphy sentenced Mitchell to life in prison, the mandatory term for first-degree murder.

Eric Rivera, the alleged shooter, previously was convicted of second-degree murder.  While a jury was unable to determine unanimously that Rivera pulled the trigger, Rivera will spend nearly 60 years in prison.

Also awaiting trial are 24-year-old Charles Wardlow and 22-year-old Timmy Brown.  26-year-old Venjah Hunte already has pleaded guilty.

“I’m pleased with the verdict,” Pedro Taylor, Florida City police chief and father of Sean Taylor, said.  “Still got two more to go.”

Taylor was shot in the leg, puncturing the femoral artery.  He was only 24.

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63 Responses to “Alleged mastermind of Sean Taylor burglary is convicted”
  1. phillysports1 says: Jun 10, 2014 9:41 PM

    They should all rot in hell.

  2. 49erfan44 says: Jun 10, 2014 9:49 PM

    That was a sad day. One of the better young safties in the league. May justice be served.

  3. timmons94 says: Jun 10, 2014 9:53 PM

    Good. One less piece of trash out there. Sean Taylor was a good man.

  4. captainwisdom8888 says: Jun 10, 2014 9:54 PM

    Sean was given this inexplicably awesome gift, the chance to live out his dream of playing in the NFL and providing for his loved ones, and these lowlife bastards felt the need to take all that away from him…all so they can steal some loot. It’s one thing for them to conspire to take Taylor’s things…but why did they have to take his life on top of it all?

  5. jburk003 says: Jun 10, 2014 9:54 PM

    RIP 21..

  6. darquarious says: Jun 10, 2014 9:55 PM

    Stop Black-on-Everyone crime please.
    Too much death.

  7. timcast12 says: Jun 10, 2014 9:56 PM

    Sean Taylor was poised to be one of the top defenders in the league before this happened.. RIP

  8. funkybuffalo says: Jun 10, 2014 10:01 PM

    About damn time.

  9. pooflingingmonkey says: Jun 10, 2014 10:07 PM

    I love the shirt selection of the convicted. I’m sure he wears shirts like that all the time, not just at trial.

  10. jjb0811 says: Jun 10, 2014 10:25 PM

    7 years later?

  11. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 10, 2014 10:25 PM

    So many lives ruined over such a stupid decision. As time goes on it’s only going to be harder for criminals to get away with those stupid decisions. If you even intend to do the crime, then your odds of getting caught are going up every single day.

  12. kingpel says: Jun 10, 2014 10:26 PM

    Finally the family gets some closure.

  13. wolfies30 says: Jun 10, 2014 10:35 PM

    RIP Sean. He was a great player taken too soon.

    Signed,
    an Eagles fan

  14. billsboy88 says: Jun 10, 2014 10:48 PM

    He’s likely spent the last 7 years regretting that robbery, now he gets to spend the rest of his life regretting it while he sits in a cell. That’s what you get, idiot. Enjoy the rest of your pathetic existence

  15. deerhuntinfool71 says: Jun 10, 2014 10:50 PM

    I cant believe it takes 7 years for a trial !! W.t.f.?

  16. footballfan72 says: Jun 10, 2014 10:50 PM

    Hope he doesn’t last 6 months in the swamp

  17. gregmorris78 says: Jun 10, 2014 10:54 PM

    I Almost wrote that Snyders got bad Kharma

  18. gregmorris78 says: Jun 10, 2014 11:07 PM

    And there is no justice in things like this. You can’t place a value on a life and life’s changed…

  19. glaedrfly says: Jun 10, 2014 11:12 PM

    Not ‘alleged’ anymore.

  20. theworldbasicallysucks says: Jun 10, 2014 11:22 PM

    Awesome! So these POS’s ended a man’s life and they get to live and we get to help pay for them to live while Sean is lost to us all. That’s what I call justice.

  21. httr73 says: Jun 10, 2014 11:29 PM

    FINALLY.

  22. theworldbasicallysucks says: Jun 10, 2014 11:31 PM

    So let me get this straight. These POS’s killed a man and they get 60 years/life in jail. Sean lost his life and the public gets to pay for these morons to live for years and that is justice? Doesn’t seem right to me.

  23. skinsfan91 says: Jun 10, 2014 11:37 PM

    Rot you scumbag.

  24. goodtogo28 says: Jun 10, 2014 11:39 PM

    so long scumbag. justice served.

  25. Unidentified_Flying_Stiviano says: Jun 10, 2014 11:41 PM

    GOOD! Lock all these guys up!! Tragic loss. They took a rising young star in the NFL and a father away. Sad on all accounts.

  26. nite2al says: Jun 10, 2014 11:53 PM

    Alleged no more.

  27. dickjagger says: Jun 10, 2014 11:54 PM

    I’m truly glad some justice was served. Now get those other two behind bars.
    RIP Sean Taylor.

  28. jasonfinfan says: Jun 11, 2014 12:07 AM

    Our justice system takes WAY to fricking long to convict criminals.

  29. dirtymcgirty says: Jun 11, 2014 12:22 AM

    Life without parole. Seemed like a good idea at the time, eh Jason? Enjoy your sentence.

  30. malieckal says: Jun 11, 2014 12:42 AM

    S Dot #21 will forever be missed…

    Heaven has a Safety who soared.

    #HTTR

  31. voorheesma says: Jun 11, 2014 12:42 AM

    That squirrel eligible for death?

  32. seatownballers says: Jun 11, 2014 1:02 AM

    This fool claims they thought Taylor wasn’t home at the time of the invasion. Then why were they carrying guns? Burglary and armed robbery are different things. Guys on the inside are just waiting for this idiot.
    justice takes time.

    R.I.P Sean Taylor

  33. djbumbaclot says: Jun 11, 2014 2:41 AM

    is it still alleged after hes convicted?

  34. rolloxd says: Jun 11, 2014 3:25 AM

    The alleged SHOOTER will spend 60 years.

    But the man who didn’t pull the trigger gets life?

    The Justice system is odd to me, but I guess it’s not what you know but what you can prove. Hope all 5 are convicted.

  35. theflyingelvis says: Jun 11, 2014 4:47 AM

    Sean Taylor was an amazing talent and probably would’ve been a HOF safety if he could’ve finished his career without any major injuries or setbacks, and he was SO young. Also, he wasn’t killed while driving drunk or getting in a bar fight, etc. A man shouldn’t have to worry about getting gunned down in his own house. It feels like these scumbags got off too easy with just prison time.

  36. duncanthecat says: Jun 11, 2014 5:15 AM

    Jason H. Mitchell, please now rot in hell and may we never hear of you again.

  37. seanb20124 says: Jun 11, 2014 6:22 AM

    Took almost 7 years to bring the man to trial? Guess right to a speedy trial was waived by the defense

  38. arb927 says: Jun 11, 2014 6:25 AM

    This happened when I was in 5th grade…. I’m now a senior in high school.. Feels like so long ago

  39. phooteballs says: Jun 11, 2014 6:50 AM

    I loved J. B. Smoove. To think he could be the mastermind of something like this is just sad.

  40. the8man says: Jun 11, 2014 7:58 AM

    Nice shirt, dude.

    I’ll bet he’d like a do-over. Great job by the LEOs and the justice system here. Five despicable threats to humanity justly removed from society.

    I hope that these results bring some comfort to Taylor’s family.

  41. rg3enoughsaid says: Jun 11, 2014 7:58 AM

    Burn in hell Mitchell

  42. deljzc says: Jun 11, 2014 8:00 AM

    Our legal system is screwed up if this takes 7 years of taxpayer dollars.

    What a joke.

  43. Goodell's Green Glasses says: Jun 11, 2014 8:05 AM

    They have the wrong guy.

  44. mortalkondek says: Jun 11, 2014 8:42 AM

    Rot away.

  45. baddegg says: Jun 11, 2014 8:45 AM

    The story of Sean Taylor is so sad. He did run with the wrong crowd there for a while, but apparently with a new child, we was kind of turning his life back around.

    Believe it or not, they said one of the main guys mentoring him and getting him straight was Greg Williams.

    Really sad.

  46. nocookies28 says: Jun 11, 2014 8:49 AM

    Is he still the “alleged” mastermind if he has already been proven guilty?

  47. bassplucker says: Jun 11, 2014 8:56 AM

    I hope that life sentence is the “without parole” variety.

  48. titans4evr says: Jun 11, 2014 9:01 AM

    Why do we insist on referring to these degenerate criminals as ‘masterminds’?

  49. rg3andthensome says: Jun 11, 2014 9:06 AM

    Rot in prison

  50. jbeagles23 says: Jun 11, 2014 9:08 AM

    It’s never without parole variety. Charles Manson is getting parole

  51. politicallyincorrect says: Jun 11, 2014 9:54 AM

    now put all the punks in gpop and let’s hope for real justice to occur

  52. esracerx46 says: Jun 11, 2014 10:00 AM

    Their was a 15 year old involved in this? damn

  53. manilarizzo says: Jun 11, 2014 10:09 AM

    Skins fan, Sean Taylor fan… The kid was incredible and I was devastated the day he was murdered. Can’t believe it’s been this long. Selfishly most of us fans were crushed for losing a favorite player this way…can’t imagine the humanizing effect of knowing him as a person. He had his issues as a kid but who doesn’t. He was on the up and up and the skins have been struggling to fill a safety void he would still be filling today, on the way to a HOF career, if not GOAT status. Search the “Legend of Sean” on YouTube. It’s a long 30 min piece but covers a great portion of his career. Filled me with memories, happiness, excitement, anger and sadness. They don’t make them like this anymore and not sure the NFL of today would allow him (or Lott for that matter). But dang the kid LOVED the game.

  54. killxswitch says: Jun 11, 2014 10:20 AM

    jbeagles23 says: Jun 11, 2014 9:08 AM

    It’s never without parole variety. Charles Manson is getting parole

    ——

    That was a hoax you knob. Charles Manson is not going to be released from prison.

  55. BigAlHeBDMan says: Jun 11, 2014 10:33 AM

    The main reason Sean Taylor was home that day is because he was recuperating from a football injury and couldn’t play that week. These low life bastardos decide they’re going to burglarize his home because they thought he would be on his job playing football. Why Why Why would anybody do something like this? There’s all kinds of scumbags in this world who refuse to get something by working honestly. Prison isn’t good enough for them.

  56. irishinyourface says: Jun 11, 2014 10:39 AM

    BEAST!

  57. bradygirl12 says: Jun 11, 2014 10:39 AM

    Sean Taylor had so much life and great football ahead of him. It’s too bad that slime like this had to snuff it out.

  58. campcouch says: Jun 11, 2014 11:01 AM

    Mastermind?

  59. bucksnknucks says: Jun 11, 2014 11:31 AM

    It seriously took 7 years to convict this man? Wheels of justice in this country could not move any slower.

  60. stabbyniners says: Jun 11, 2014 11:44 AM

    theworldbasicallysucks says: Jun 10, 2014 11:22 PM

    Awesome! So these POS’s ended a man’s life and they get to live and we get to help pay for them to live while Sean is lost to us all. That’s what I call justice.

    ————————————————————–

    I’ll gladly chip in a few bucks a year to make sure scum like this rots behind bars and life passes them by…just sayin

  61. humpofdc says: Jun 11, 2014 12:05 PM

    R.I.P. Sean #21…..we miss you!!!

  62. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 11, 2014 12:37 PM

    It seems they got the right guy here and the appropriate punishment was doled out. But I’m pretty sure the right to a speedy trial is a right guaranteed by the Constitution. 7 years to wait for a trial is ridiculous! What if evidence had been presented that proved he couldn’t have done it…?

    Regardless of the crime, no suspect should have to wait over 2/3 of a decade to plea their case and no victim should have to wait that long seek justice.

  63. dwoofer says: Jun 11, 2014 12:53 PM

    Once he is convicted, he is not the “alleged” mastermind. He is a convicted murderer.

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