Sean Taylor’s (Alleged) Shooter (Murderer) Wants Plea Deal. Duh.

Eric Rivera, Jr., 17, is shown during his first appearance at the Lee County Justice Center in Fort Myers, Fla., in this Dec. 1, 2007 file photo.

Uh, ya think?

Eric Rivera, Jr., the 17-year-old accused shooter (murderer) appeared in court for the first time today and was denied bail by Judge John Thornton, Jr. Later, Rivera’s attorney, Sawyer Smith, said he hoped to strike a deal with prosecutors. Not sure if it’s remorse or fear driving the strtegy, but its already looking like his co-defendants will turn on him before you can say “Michael Vick.”

“When the State Attorney’s Office is ready,” said Smith, “we would like to sit down and begin discussion with them so we can move towards a resolution in the case that has the best interest of all parties in mind. We want to minimize the impact of case resolution on the Taylor family and find a result that’s in the best interest of justice.

The best interest of justice. Hmmm. Be careful what you wish for.

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One thought on “Sean Taylor’s (Alleged) Shooter (Murderer) Wants Plea Deal. Duh.

  1. Juan says:

    Don’t know if a 17 year old is eligible for death penalty in Florida, but this sounds like an attorney trying to real an early disposition to ensure that his client gets life rather than death row.

    Early dispositions are quite common in cases. The fact that the attorney here wants to reach a dispo on this matter leads me to believe that there was a jailhouse confession and the confession was probably SO damning that there is no way to put up a reasonable defense.

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