Sean Taylor’s killer seeks a reduced sentence

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The man who shot and killed Sean Taylor more than a decade ago hopes to get out of prison at some point before 2060.

Eric Rivera, who was 17 at the time, received a 57-year sentence in 2013 after being convicted of second-degree murder. Via David Ovalle of the Miami Herald, Rivera seeks a reduced sentence for two reasons: (1) sentencing laws for juveniles have changed; and (2) several other defendants in the case received much shorter sentences.

“I don’t think he should behind bars for the rest of his life for something that was a mistake and an accident,” Rivera’s mother testified on Wednesday.

Said Rivera, now 28, in court:  “I believe I deserve a second chance because I’ve grown. I know I can be a productive citizen.”

Rivera and four other youths robbed Taylor’s South Florida home in November 2007, at a time when they believed he was out of town. Rivera shot Taylor as he rushed them with a machete that he kept in his bedroom for protection. The bullet severed Taylor’s femoral artery, and he later died at a local hospital.

The mastermind of the plot, Jason Mitchell, received a life sentence. Venjah Hunte, Timmy Lee Brown, and Charles Wardlow are serving 29 years, 18 years, and 30 years, respectively.

34 responses to “Sean Taylor’s killer seeks a reduced sentence

  1. 1) did you say “yutes?”

    2) how does Rivera’s mother think they “accidentally” broke into Taylor’s house with a loaded gun and then accidentally used it? If sentencing laws have changed, hey what the heck, take the shot in the dark, but don’t pull the “accident” card…

  2. This is one of those “you have to live with the consequences” situations. It’s not like they stole a car to go joyriding. Jackie Taylor had to grow up without a Dad because of your “mistake” and “accident.”

  3. “a mistake and an accident”…..that there is one seriously delusional mother

  4. Cmon man, you raided the guys house, killed him when he was protecting his family, home. What world do these people live in. A mistake and a accident? Lol… maybe if his mom raised a better child, she wouldn’t sound ridiculous.

  5. “I don’t think he should behind bars for the rest of his life for something that was a mistake and an accident.”

    A mistake and an accident? No. Eric Rivera and his friends did not mistakenly end up in Taylor’s home, and that gun did not accidentally go off.

  6. Deserves a second chance? Did Sean Taylor get a second chance to live? His mom said it was an accident, was being in another’s house without their permission taking his stuff an accident to? I bet if Taylor had a gun instead of a machete, this mom would be suing Taylor for killing her son. Be lucky you have a son to go visit, I’m sure Taylor’s mom would like that opportunity.

  7. I feel terrible for his family especially his mother but it was his choice to take a weapon. Young people make a lot of mistakes but this is one error of judgement there is no turning back from. To break into somebody’s home is a mistake, to rough someoone up or scare them is a mistake but fire a gun at someone while your in their home just doesn’t warrant any sympathy. In fact I would increase the sentence just for having the gall to appeal imo a very lenient sentence.

  8. “several other defendants in the case received much shorter sentences”

    The mastermind of the robbery got life. The shooter got 57 years. Other accomplices got 18-30 years. Doesn’t seem out of line to me.

  9. Like one poster said above, there are consequences to your actions. Planned & executed. Not an accident or mistake. A huge misstep in their lives yes, but Sean’s life was taken and you can’t go back and make that right.

    Prayers to everyone involved. Senseless tragedy.

  10. trubiscuitbears34 says:
    May 23, 2018 at 2:53 pm
    Like one poster said above, there are consequences to your actions. Planned & executed. Not an accident or mistake. A huge misstep in their lives yes, but Sean’s life was taken and you can’t go back and make that right.

    Prayers to everyone involved. Senseless tragedy.

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    How could you downvote this? Yeah shame on me for not being okay with Murder and punishing the people who do it. Give me a break.

  11. Mistake and an accident? This punk went into someone else’s home and shot them. How is this a mistake and an accident? Intent is irrelevant.

  12. Maybe they should have Sean Taylor’s daughter come in and give a statement about having not ever going to get a second chance to have her father thanks to this guy.

    He wants a reduced sentence because others were given a lesser sentence? Those other guys didn’t pull the trigger. That’s a stupid argument. They should just take him up in a plane and once they get to 30,000 feet drop him out the cargo hold.

  13. This dude gave Sean Taylor a life sentence that he had no choice in. Sean Taylor doesn’t get to seek a reduced sentence. You chose to break into someone’s home with a gun and murder them. No mistake or accident there.

  14. How many years does Sean Taylor get back? Exactly. Anyone who kills someone intentionally should be put away for life…no questions asked.

  15. Ok let him go, terms of the release are you stand in the middle of Fedex field and Redskins fans lineup and get 3 min with you. After everyone’s had their time you are free to go..

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