Eric Rivera Jr., the 23-year-old man who was found guilty in November for killing Washington football team safety Sean Taylor, has been sentenced to 57 years in prison by Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy, AP report.
Rivera, along with four other young men, broke into Taylor's home in Miami in November of 2007 to rob it, thinking that he wasn't home. But Taylor was home and Rivera shot him in the leg after he confronted them with a machete. He later succumbed to his injury. During the lengthy trial, Rivera testified that he didn't shoot Taylor, but it was one of his accomplices, but a jury found him guilty of second-degree murder and armed robbery last month.
After his conviction, Rivera was facing a maximum of a life sentence. Three other of Rivera's accomplices are still awaiting trial, while the fourth, Venjah Hunte, took a plea bargain.