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Man who killed Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor sentenced to 57.5 years in prison

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The man convicted of killing Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor finally received his punishment on Thursday.

Eric Rivera Jr., a 23-year-old from Fort Myers, Fla., was sentenced to 57.5 years in prison for killing Taylor during a botched robbery in 2007, according to The Miami Herald. Rivera was previously convicted of second-degree murder because of Taylor's death.

Three of the other four accused men have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial, according to The Miami Herald. The fourth reportedly pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is serving 29 years in prison.

Here is a portion of The Miami Herald’s story:

“Prosecutors said Rivera shot and killed Taylor when he and four pals – not believing the football star was home – broke into his house looking to steal cash from the master bedroom. Taylor, who had been sleeping alongside his girlfriend and their young daughter, surprised the group as Rivera kicked in the bedroom door, authorities said.

“Rivera, who admitted to shooting Taylor during a video-taped confession to Miami-Dade homicide detectives, was initially charged with first-degree murder.

“But jurors – who deliberated 16 hours over four days – could not agree unanimously that Rivera pulled the trigger. Instead, Rivera was convicted of second-degree murder without a firearm and armed burglary.”

Taylor, drafted fifth overall by Washington in 2004, died at 24 years old. His girlfriend and 18-month-old daughter were in Taylor’s home during the murder, but neither were physically harmed.

In addition, Taylor was a two-time Pro Bowler. He had 299 tackles and 12 interceptions during his career.

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