Eric Rivera Jr. sentenced to 57 years in Sean Taylor shooting death

By Ryan Wilson |

Prosecutors say Rivera, 23, fired the shot that killed Taylor. (USATSI)
Prosecutors say Eric Rivera, 23, fired the shot that killed Taylor. (Getty Images)

The man prosecutors say fired the shot that killed Redskins safety Sean Taylor in a 2007 shooting has been sentenced to more than 57 years in prison, the Associated Press reports.

Eric Rivera Jr., 23, was convicted in November of second-degree murder and armed burglary. He had faced a maximum of life in prison.

Taylor died Nov. 24, 2007, from a gunshot wound he suffered as the victim of a botched home invasion.

Rivera confessed to authorities that he shot Taylor after kicking in a bedroom door. But once he was on the witness stand late last year, Rivera said investigators eager for a conviction coerced his confession. He later claimed that someone else shot Taylor.

Three others will stand trial at a later day.

The Redskins drafted Taylor with the fifth overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. At 24, he was one of the NFL's best young talents when he was killed.

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