After three and a half hours a jury has found Jason Mitchell guilty of first-degree murder and armed burglary in the fatal shooting of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor and by law must be sentenced to life in prison.
Taylor died of a gunshot wound in November of 2007 after he and his girlfriend were woken up in the middle of the night by intruders. The intruders fired two shots into the bedroom with one missing and the other hitting the former Miami Hurricanes star in the femoral artery which resulted in him losing consciousness form the loss of blood. He never regained consciousness but protected his girlfriend and daughter who were not harmed in the home invasion.
Mitchell is the second man convicted in the murder of Taylor who was one of the brightest young stars in the NFL at the time he was murdered at the age of 24. Eric Rivera Jr was sentenced to 57 years in prison for second-degree murder and armed burglary. During the trial he changed his story and said another man pulled the trigger which resulted in the fatal gunshot wound.
The sentencing of Mitchell, who was found to be the mastermind in the premeditated burglary of Taylor, we hope can serve as some sort of closure for his family, friends and loved ones who miss Sean every single day.
He was gone far, far too soon and was destined to be one of the best to ever play the safety position in the NFL.