On November 4th, 2007 Eric Rivera Jr. decided to invade the home of then Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor. Rivera confessed to authorities that he shot and killed Taylor after kicking in a bedroom door in what turned out to be a botched home invasion attempt. Taylor was only 24 years old.
Rivera, 23, was convicted in November 2013 of second degree murder and armed burglary. He faced a maximum penalty of life in prison. On Friday Rivera was sentenced to more than 57 years of prison according to Associated Press.
While on the stand during trial, Rivera then claimed that someone else had actually shot Taylor, three others will stand trial at a later date.
The Redskins drafted Taylor with the fifth overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. At the time of his death he was considered one of the best NFL's young talents.
Taylor was an All-American in 2003 and Big East defensive end of the year also in 2003. He is a two time Pro Bowler (2006-07) and all All-Pro in 2007. He played four years for the Redskins and was named on of the 80 greatest Redskins of all-time and was added the Redskins ring of fame.
His number isn't retired, however, his number 21 hasn't been reissued since his death.