Fourth defendant pleads guilty in Sean Taylor murder case
The fourth of five defendants charged in the 2007 murder of Sean Taylor has pleaded guilty.
Charles Wardlow entered his guilty plea in a courtroom in Miami today and was immediately sentenced to 30 years in prison.
“Four down, one to go,” Taylor’s father, Pedro Taylor, told the Miami Herald after the sentencing.
Eric Rivera, who pulled the trigger on the shot that fatally wounded Taylor, was convicted last year. Rivera, who was 17 at the time he killed Taylor, was sentenced to 60 years in prison.
Jason Mitchell, whom prosecutors say organized the planned burglary of Taylor’s home, was also convicted last year and sentenced to life in prison. Venjah Hunte pleaded guilty years ago and agreed to testify against the others. He got 29 years in prison.
The fifth defendant, Timmy Brown, is still awaiting trial.
Taylor was a star player for the Miami Hurricanes and Washington’s first-round draft pick in 2004, becoming a Pro Bowl safety in his third season. Today would have been Taylor’s 32nd birthday.