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Florida Man Gets 57 Years In Prison For Sean Taylor's Death

Eric Rivera Jr., 23, left, convicted in the 2007 killing of Washington Redskins NFL football player Sean Taylor, listens as Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy imposes a 57-year prison sentence on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Miami. Rivera Jr.'s attorneys, Chris Brown, center, and Janese Caruthers, are seated with him.
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Eric Rivera Jr., 23, left, convicted in the 2007 killing of Washington Redskins NFL football player Sean Taylor, listens as Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy imposes a 57-year prison sentence on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Miami. Rivera Jr.'s attorneys, Chris Brown, center, and Janese Caruthers, are seated with him.

 A Florida man who prosecutors say fired the fatal shot in the 2007 killing of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor has been sentenced to more than 57 years in prison.

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.

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

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