The man Florida prosecutors say fired the shot that killed Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor was sentenced to 57 years in prison. The shooter testified that someone else had fired the gun.
From the Associated Press:
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy imposed the sentence Thursday on 23-year-old Eric Rivera Jr., who was convicted in November of second-degree murder and armed burglary. Rivera had 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.
There are still three others who are awaiting trial. Aside from that, the 57-year sentence of the shooter can begin to bring some closure to Taylor and the Redskins’ family.