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Old 01-23-2014, 03:50 PM   #1
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Sean Taylor's convicted killer sentenced in Fla. | Comcast SportsNet Washington

MIAMI (AP) -- 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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Old 01-23-2014, 03:54 PM   #2
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This case is taking an excruciating amount of time to conclude. I can't imagine what it's like for the family to have this drag on for so long and really, it's only a 1/4 of the way solved. They need closure.

So was he convicted as the man who fired the shots? It only says he told the court it was someone else.

1 down, 3 to go. Personally, I don't get the 57-year sentence or life sentences...just let the punishment fit the crime and save some tax dollars in the process. He'll be 80 at the end of his scheduled jail term and he's already proven he can't peaceably co-exist with others in society.

I say just put him to rest. His chance to contribute anything to society has passed by his own choice.
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This case is taking an excruciating amount of time to conclude. I can't imagine what it's like for the family to have this drag on for so long and really, it's only a 1/4 of the way solved. They need closure.

So was he convicted as the man who fired the shots? It only says he told the court it was someone else.

1 down, 3 to go. Personally, I don't get the 57-year sentence or life sentences...just let the punishment fit the crime and save some tax dollars in the process. He'll be 80 at the end of his scheduled jail term and he's already proven he can't peaceably co-exist with others in society.

I say just put him to rest. His chance to contribute anything to society has passed by his own choice.
Actually life in prison is cheaper than the death penalty. This is the main reason why New Jersey recently abolished the death penalty.

Good for the conviction. It's about time that ST's family started getting some closure with this.
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Actually life in prison is cheaper than the death penalty. This is the main reason why New Jersey recently abolished the death penalty.

Good for the conviction. It's about time that ST's family started getting some closure with this.
You can explain this fact to people until you're blue in the face and they'll never believe you.

In any case, I think/hope that this should give the Taylor family as least a little sense of closure and for that I am grateful.
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Sad that it took this long to get the ball rolling. Rot in peace. Anybody know when he's eligible for parole? It's weird that the article doesn't say.
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Hope this help the Taylor family get some peace knowing his sorry tail is locked up for a long time .
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Actually life in prison is cheaper than the death penalty. This is the main reason why New Jersey recently abolished the death penalty.

Good for the conviction. It's about time that ST's family started getting some closure with this.
That's only because the bureaucracy is involved in the process.

It can be done cheaply without the extravagant last meals and legal fees. We treat these monsters of our society far too humanely after what they've done to others.
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That's only because the bureaucracy is involved in the process.

It can be done cheaply without the extravagant last meals and legal fees. We treat these monsters of our society far too humanely after what they've done to others.
Yeah, why not save money by denying the human rights that George Washington and others fought for.

Sarcasm aside, your comment is pointless. Executions are FAR more expensive than life in prison, and that is the operative fact.
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#21 is Kam Chancellor's role model:

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Yeah, why not save money by denying the human rights that George Washington and others fought for.

Sarcasm aside, your comment is pointless. Executions are FAR more expensive than life in prison, and that is the operative fact.
Hence what I said before...
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Thats awesome, Chancellor is an effing beast. Super aggressive hitter, not Taylor-level, but you can see how he models after Sean.
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Thats awesome, Chancellor is an effing beast. Super aggressive hitter, not Taylor-level, but you can see how he models after Sean.
Yeah, Sean inspired a lot of players.

Kenny Phillips is another wearing #21 because of Taylor, who would be a great player if he could stay healthy.
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Hence what I said before...
Yep, you called it.
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more than 6 years after his murder, florida finally got their act together.

in 2010 florida DA asked for a continuance of the trial so "they could interview more witnesses". memory fades and change over time. wtf were you doing for the past 3 to 4 years?

WTF are you doing or not doing florida? 4 years after a high profile person is murdered you still have to interview witnesses? in an open and shut case?

florida is one backwards ass broken state.

never get murdered in florida.

i know this trial wasnt for me or my sense of justice or closure but i feel totally empty and apathetic to finally having 1 conviction.

i hope the taylor family can use this verdict in a positive manner and help find some closure.

rip mr. taylor.
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Yeah, why not save money by denying the human rights that George Washington and others fought for.

Sarcasm aside, your comment is pointless. Executions are FAR more expensive than life in prison, and that is the operative fact.
It's the near endless cycle of appeals of the death sentence, that are more expensive than life imprisonment. Not the execution itself. Correct?

And it's a disgrace that since the Sean Taylor murder, we had the Zimmerman incident and that trial begin and end, and three of the scum involved in the Taylor murder still haven't been tried.
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