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By Matt Kibbe
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Topic - Eric Rivera
Eric Rivera, 23, will spend between 25 years and life in prison depending on the sentencing that that comes in December, paying each day for what happened inside the modest home on Old Cutler Road. Sean Taylor, though, is gone. Too young. Too soon. The absence is as permanent as the words from Psalm 23 etched on his gravestone.
The detective said initially Rivera told investigators he went to the movies on the weekend Taylor was shot in 2007. Later, he grew nervous when he saw detectives interviewing another suspect and confessed.
Trials for four defendants, charged with first-degree murder in the former Redskins safety's death, have been relentlessly delayed since the first attempt in April 2008. Last year, for instance, a trial date of April 16 became Nov. 5, then April 5 of this year. The latest try is set for August.
It's difficult this time of year to await the NBA draft and not think about University of Maryland star Len Bias, who was taken by the Boston Celtics with the No. 2 pick in the 1986 June draft and was dead two days later. Sadly, Bias played a role in his own death by ingesting drugs. Yet, there's another sports tragedy that stings even more, and that is the killing of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor during a break-in at his Florida home in 2007 and the fact that justice is moving agonizingly slow.
Regret hangs in each of Venjah Hunte's neat cursive words spread over two and a half pages of notebook paper.
While the sporting world counts down the hours until the start of Sunday's Super Bowl, family and friends of onetime Washington Redskins superstar Sean Taylor face a much longer wait for justice to be done.
During the trial, Rivera attempted to worm out of a videotaped confession to police, where he admitted the whole sordid tale, with the shifting, dubious excuses of a guilty man clinging to delusions of freedom in the face of a first-degree murder charge.