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A Miami jury has found the man accused of pulling the trigger and killing former Pigskins player Sean Taylor guilty of second degree murder.

Eric Rivera, 23, had originally been charged with first degree murder, but after 16 hours of deliberation, the 12-person jury found him guilty of the lesser charge this afternoon, the Miami Herald reports.

Taylor was killed after Rivera and four friends tried to rob the football star’s Miami home in 2007. The teenagers thought Taylor wouldn’t be home, but Taylor was in his bedroom with his wife and daughter. According to prosecutors, Taylor pulled out a machete in defense, and was subsequently shot.

Rivera confessed to police, but during trial his lawyers recanted, saying that Rivera was in the car during the robbery and police forced the confession out of him.

Three of the men accused have pleaded not guilty and are still awaiting trial. The fourth already pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is serving 29 years.

Rivera could face life in prison.

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