breaking newsThe man who shot and killed former NFL star Sean Taylor has just been found guilty of 2nd degree murder ... and now faces life in prison.
A Florida jury just convicted 23-year-old Eric Rivera for his role in the 2007 incident -- when Rivera and 4 others broke into Taylor's home in a botched burglary attempt.
Rivera and his crew believed the house was empty at the time -- but they were wrong -- and when Taylor confronted the burglars, Rivera opened fire ... striking Sean in the leg, severing his femoral artery. Taylor bled out and died from the wound.
Taylor -- a rising defensive star in the NFL -- was only 24 at the time of his death.
A judge will now decide Rivera's sentence -- and he could face life in prison.
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