Sean Taylor’s Killer is Seeking A Reduced Sentence

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Thanksgiving weekend 2007 will forever be remembered as the day the sports world lost Sean Taylor to a tragic shooting inside his home. Eric Rivera, who was 17-years-old at the time, shot and killed the former University of Miami football star in a burglary gone bad.

Now 28-years-old, Rivera is hoping to get back into court to request that the judge reduce his 57-year sentence he received in 2013. Rivera’s attorney believes he deserves it because of changes in juvenile-justice sentencing laws and because several other defendants in the case got lesser sentences, according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald.

“I don’t think he should be behind bars for the rest of his life for something that was a mistake and an accident,” Rivera’s mother testified on Wednesday.

Said Rivera, now 28, in court:  “I believe I deserve a second chance because I’ve grown. I know I can be a productive citizen.”

That fateful night in 2007, Rivera and four other young men drove over to Taylor’s Palmetto Bay home from Ft. Myers, thinking the house would be empty because the Redskins had an away game. But Taylor was home due to an injury.

When Rivera kicked in the door of the master bedroom, Taylor came charging at them with a machete to protect his girlfriend and their daughter. That’s when Rivera shot him. Help didn’t arrive soon enough and Taylor bled out on the floor.

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