UPDATE:  6/10 6:40PM

The judge in the Sean Taylor/Jason Mitchell case has acted quickly and sentence Jason Mitchell to life in prison.



UPDATE: 6/10 6:10pm

MIAMI (AP) - A Florida jury has 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 Tuesday 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 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.
Taylor was Pro Bowl safety who also starred at the University of Miami.

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Jurors have begun deliberating the fate of Jason Mitchell, the  second man to go to trial in Miami for the murder of former University of Miami and Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor in Palmetto Bay.

The Miami-Dade jury will decide whether or not the mastermind of the botched robbery that ended in Taylor's death is guilty of felony murder.

The convicted shooter, Eric Rivera, has already been sentenced to nearly 60 years in prison.

Two other defendants await trial.

A fifth has pleaded guilty in the case.





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