Jury convicts suspect in Sean Taylor slaying trial
FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2005 file photo, Washington Redskins football player Sean Taylor is shown at training camp in Ashburn, Va. A 23-year-old man was convicted of second-degree murder Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Miami, in the 2007 slaying of Taylor during what witnesses say was a botched burglary. The jury deliberated about 16 hours over four days before returning the verdict in the trial of Eric Rivera Jr., who admitted in a videotaped confession to police days after Taylor's death that he fired the fatal shot after kicking in the bedroom door. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)
MIAMI – A Florida jury convicted a man prosecutors called the ringleader of a botched 2007 Miami-area burglary that ended with the fatal shooting of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor.
The 12-person jury deliberated nearly four hours yesterday before finding 25-year-old Jason Mitchell guilty of first-degree felony murder and armed burglary. Trial testimony indicated that Mitchell hatched the plot for five Fort Myers-area men to burglarize Taylor’s home near Miami after previously seeing large amounts of cash there.
The judge immediately imposed the mandatory life sentence for murder, plus 40 more years for the burglary conviction.
The man who authorities say fired the fatal shot, Eric Rivera Jr., was convicted last fall of second-degree murder and sentenced to 57 years behind bars.
Two other men await trial. A third has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and burglary.