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