The NFL’s beloved free safety, Sean Taylor, was brutally murdered in a home burglary in 2007 at the age of 24.
Seven years later, Jason Mitchell was convicted of first-degree murder in connection with the case.
Who is Sean Taylor’s killer Jason Mitchell?
Jason Scott Mitchell is a convicted felon born on January 22, 1988.
Not much is known about Mitchell’s personal life, but it is believed that he is the mastermind behind Sean Taylor’s death.
Mitchell, who was 19 at the time of Taylor’s death, was reportedly friends with the former Washington Redskins player and had even stayed at his home before.
When he wasn’t hanging out with celebrity NFL players, he was hanging out with his son, Malachi.
“That’s his joy right there,” Mitchell’s twin brother, Scottie Mitchell, said of that Tampa Bay Times.
How many years was Jason Mitchell sentenced to?
On June 10, 2014, Mitchell was convicted of first-degree murder and armed burglary.
Immediately after his conviction, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy sentenced him to life in prison, which is the equivalent of the mandatory sentence for first-degree murder Miami Herald.
Earlier in the year, alleged gunman Eric Rivera was also convicted of his involvement in Taylor’s death and sentenced to nearly 60 years in prison.
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How did Sean Taylor die?
On November 27, 2007, Taylor was awakened by multiple burglars at his home in Miami, Florida.
After confronting the intruders, he was shot in the leg and the bullet hit his femoral artery, causing bleeding, sources say CBS Sports.
It’s believed the invaders thought he wouldn’t be home because the Redskins were out of town, but Taylor stayed home with an injury.
During the trial, Michell’s attorneys tried to argue that he wasn’t responsible for Taylor’s death because he didn’t pull the trigger, but prosecutors disagreed, saying he was at fault because it was his idea.
“It doesn’t matter if they wanted to kill him (Taylor) or intended to kill him, he died as a result of that burglary and they are all to blame,” Assistant District Attorney Reid Rubin said during closing arguments, via CBS News. “At the center of it all was Jason Mitchell.”
Taylor is survived by parents Pedro Taylor and Donna Junor, then-fiancé Jackie Garcia, and daughter Jackie Taylor.