It has been six years since Sean Taylor of the Washington Redskins was murdered in his home in 2007. According to ESPN on Nov. 4, Eric Rivera Jr. was finally convicted in the Sean Taylor murder case and faces a life sentence.
The Sean Taylor murder happened during what was described as a botched robbery. Rivera admitted in a videotaped confession that he fired the final, fatale, shot, but said in the court case that he was pressured into saying it even thought it was untrue.
According to his confession, Rivera said five men drove to Taylor’s home and planned to steal the cash that they knew Taylor kept there. They assumed he would be out of town for the Redskins game that weekend, but realized too late that he was home with a knee injury.
Taylor was there with his girlfriend and their 18-month-old daughter when the men broke in, but neither of them was injured. The only question concerned who brought in the gun. Rivera admitted in his confession he brought the gun, but in his testimony, he claimed Venjah Hunt brought in the gun.
That was a convenient accusation since Hunt is the only one of the five who has plead guilty – and sentenced to 29 years for second-degree murder. The other three are still awaiting their trials. The murder weapon itself was never found, allegedly wrapped in a sock and tossed into the everglades.
With Eric Rivera Jr. found guilty in the Sean Taylor murder case, the next steps are to try Jason Mitchell, Charles Wardlow and Timothy Brown. All five men were teenagers when the murder occurred.