Nearly six years after he was killed in his home by intruders, Sean Taylor’s death has a little more closure, at least in the legal sense. A Florida court on Monday handed down a conviction of second-degree murder and armed burglary charges to 23-year-old Eric Rivera, one of the five men who took part in the botched robbery that ended in the death of the Redskins safety.
Rivera’s defense argued during the trial that the then-17-year-old was only along for the ride on the night of the break-in and never left the car. Prosecutors, however, were able to rely on two separate confessions Rivera made, one provided to the cops days after the incident and another made under oath in court two years ago.
Three of the other four accused men have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial. The fourth pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is serving 29 years in prison.