Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Sean Taylor's Death: Eric Rivera Convicted Of Second-Degree Murder

(Reuters pool photo)
Jackie Garcia Haley last week. (Reuters pool photo)

After four days of deliberations, a Miami jury has found Eric Rivera Jr. guilty of second-degree murder in connection with the 2007 shooting death of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor.
Rivera, 23, and four other men were accused of the shooting. Three pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial; a fourth is in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. The 12-member jury also found Rivera guilty of a gun charge, according to the Miami Herald. Rivera had been charged with first-degree murder, but still could face life in prison despite the second-degree finding.
Taylor, who was in Florida recovering from a knee injury, surprised intruders inside his Palmetto Bay, Fla., home on Nov. 26, 2007. Taylor, his girlfriend and 18-month-old daughter were awakened by the burglars and Taylor was shot as he entered a hallway with a machete. The bullet struck his femoral artery and he suffered massive blood loss, dying the next day.

Sean Taylor (USA Today Sports Images) 
It took 2,169 days since the death of former Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor, but justice has been served.
Eric Rivera was convicted of second-degree murder nearly six years following the death of Taylor after being shot during a burglary attempt at Taylor's home in Florida.
Rivera faced first-degree murder charges, but the jury — after a 16-hour deliberation — convicted him on the lesser charge of second-degree murder and he still could be sentenced to life in prison.

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