Posted January 23, 2014 by Luis Mercado in Sports

Former Redskins Safety Sean Taylor’s Murderer Sentenced [Video]

Former Washington Redskins Sean Taylor was just entering his prime before a burglary gone bad killed the safety at his home in 2007.

Eric Rivera, one of three suspects involved in the charge with murder, was sentenced to 57 years in state prison for his role in the murder.

According to the Associated Press,

Rivera confessed to police on videotape that he shot Taylor after the NFL player confronted them at his bedroom door with a machete. In the confession, Rivera also said the group didn’t realize Taylor would be home with a knee injury instead of playing a Redskins game against Tampa Bay.

“He lost his life defending and protecting his family,” said Assistant State Attorney Reid Rubin in a closing statement. “They kicked the door in and they shot him and killed him, for no good reason.”

Testifying in his own defense last fall, Rivera claimed the confession was false and improperly coerced, and that someone else in the group shot Taylor with a 9mm handgun. A jury convicted him of second-degree murder and armed burglary. He was originally charged with first-degree murder but was ineligible for the death penalty because he was 17 at the time of the killing.

Taylor was a 2-time Pro Bowler as an NFL player and was best known as one of the hardest hitting safety’s of all time.

One of the biggest highlights of his career was this hit on then Buffalo Bills punter Brian Moorman at the Pro Bowl below.