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Man convicted of killing football star Sean Taylor gets 57.5 years in prison

Man convicted of killing football star Sean Taylor gets 57.5 years in prison

Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Eric Rivera Jr. was convicted in November of second-degree murder and armed burglary in the 2007 death of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor, and has been sentenced to 57 years in prison.
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Convicted killer of NFL's Sean Taylor gets 57.5 years in prison

MIAMI, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Eric Rivera Jr. was sentenced to 57.5 years in prison in Miami Thursday after his conviction in the 2007 death of football player Sean Taylor.

23-year-old found guilty in Sean Taylor's shooting death

MIAMI, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A 23-year-old Florida man was found guilty of second-degree murder Monday in the 2007 shooting death of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor.
Florida man, 23, denies involvement in shooting death of NFL player

Florida man, 23, denies involvement in shooting death of NFL player

MIAMI, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A Florida man on trial in the slaying of NFL player Sean Taylor testified he never entered Taylor's home during a botched burglary that led to Taylor's death.

Trial of Eric Rivera, accused of killing NFL star Sean Taylor, begins

MIAMI, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Evidence links Eric Rivera to the 2007 slaying of football star Sean Taylor, a prosecutor told jurors Monday as Rivera's trial began in Miami.

Jury selection begins for accused killer of football's Sean Taylor

MIAMI, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Jury selection began Tuesday in Miami in the trial of one of five men accused breaking into the home of football star Sean Taylor and killing him.
Taylor defendant wants to change plea

Taylor defendant wants to change plea

MIAMI, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A defendant in the slaying of NFL star Sean Taylor said he didn't understand terms of his deal with prosecutors in Miami and wants to rescind his guilty plea.
Delay in plea change in Sean Taylor case

Delay in plea change in Sean Taylor case

MIAMI, June 12 (UPI) -- A defendant accused in the shooting death of Redskins defensive back Sean Taylor, will have to wait until June 19 to change his plea, the Miami Herald said.
Fifth man charged in Sean Taylor's death

Fifth man charged in Sean Taylor's death

MIAMI, May 14 (UPI) -- A fifth suspect was arrested in Florida Wednesday in the shooting death of Washington Redskins defensive back Sean Taylor.

Death penalty nixed in Sean Taylor slaying

MIAMI, May 12 (UPI) -- A lawyer for one of the accused killers of Washington Redskins player Sean Taylor says Florida prosecutors will not seek the death penalty in the case.

Report: Judge in Sean Taylor killing angry

MIAMI, March 28 (UPI) -- A detective investigating the slaying of pro football player Sean Taylor in Florida faces jail time if he doesn't get his police report done soon, a judge says.

Teammates to honor Taylor at Pro Bowl

NEW YORK, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Washington's Chris Cooley and Chris Samuels will wear the No. 21 on their jerseys at the Pro Bowl Feb. 10 to honor slain teammate Sean Taylor.
Dallas' Williams selected for Pro Bowl

Dallas' Williams selected for Pro Bowl

IRVING, Texas, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Dallas Cowboys safety Roy Williams was selected Thursday to take the NFC Pro Bowl spot of the late Washington Redskins defensive back Sean Taylor.

Report: Gun used in Taylor killing tossed

MIAMI, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- The gun used to kill Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor was dumped into the Florida Everglades shortly after he was shot, a report says.

NFL: Washington 24, Chicago 16

LANDOVER, Md., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Todd Collins came off the bench to throw for 224 yards and two touchdowns Thursday, carrying the Washington Redskins to a 24-16 victory over Chicago.
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Sean Taylor
A funeral attendee wearing a Sean Taylor shirt waits in line to enter the funeral service of Washington Redskins' safety Sean Taylor at the Pharmed Arena on the campus of Florida International University in Miami on December 3, 2007. Taylor died on November 27 after being shot in his Miami home during a burglary attempt. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

Sean Michael Maurice Taylor (April 1, 1983 – November 27, 2007) was an American football free safety who played for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. Taylor was drafted in the first round (5th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Redskins. He played college football at the University of Miami, where he helped lead the Hurricanes to a national championship in 2001. Due to his ferocious style of hitting, several of his pro teammates nicknamed him "Meast," a reference to "half man, half beast." Among his many football accomplishments, Taylor was widely considered one of the hardest hitting defensive secondary players in the NFL.

Taylor was murdered on November 27, 2007, at the age of 24, dying from critical injuries from gunshots by intruders at his Miami area home on November 26, 2007. His death led to an outpouring of national support and sympathy, especially in the Washington D.C. area where Taylor was a fan favorite as a Redskin and the Miami area where Taylor had been a standout high school and college football player. In honor of Taylor, for the first play of the first game after he died, the Redskins defense came out with only ten players instead of the usual 11.

Taylor was born April 1, 1983 in Miami, Florida to Pedro Taylor, a policeman, and Donna Junor. He spent his early years growing up with his great-grandmother Aulga Clarke in Homestead, Fl and later moved to his fathers home at the age of 10. He grew up in a low income neighborhood in Miami, on a street filled with candy-colored houses. Taylor played high school football in Pinecrest, Florida, a suburb of Miami. He originally began his high school football career at 6A Miami Killian High School, but left to Gulliver Preparatory School 2A, where he could play both offense and defense. He helped Gulliver win the Florida Class 2A State Championship in 2000, with a 14–1 record (he did not play in the first game of the season, the team's only loss). At Gulliver, Taylor was a star on both sides of the ball, playing running back, defensive back and linebacker.

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