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Washington Redskins football player Sean Taylor is shown before the start of a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla., in this Aug. 30, 2007 photo. (PETER LOCKLEY/AP)
Washington Redskins football player Sean Taylor is shown before the start of a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla., in this Aug. 30, 2007 photo. (PETER LOCKLEY/AP)

Jury convicts second suspect in slaying of Washington Redskins star safety Sean Taylor Add to ...

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.

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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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