Fla. Man Gets 57.5 Years in Sean Taylor Slaying

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014  |  Updated 3:04 PM EDT
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Fla. Man Gets 57.5 Years in Sean Taylor Slaying

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Eric Rivera in court on Monday, October 21, 2013.

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A man prosecutors say fired the fatal shots in the 2007 killing of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor was sentenced to 57-and-a-half years in prison.

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

Rivera told police in a videotaped confession that he and other young men from the Fort Myers area broke into Taylor's Miami-area house hoping to steal cash the NFL player kept there. Taylor surprised them because he was home instead of with the Redskins and was shot after confronting them with a machete.

Rivera testified someone else fired the fatal shot. Three others are awaiting trial in the case.

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