The jury will be delivering the verdict shortly:
Eric Rivera was found guilty of the lesser charge of Second Degree Murder, and the jury did not find that he possessed the firearm, as well as Burglary with an Assault or Battery. Both charges are life felonies, which means that Rivera may be sentenced to life in prison without parole on either or both. He does not face the presumptively automatic life sentence that would accompany a 1st Degree Murder conviction. (He is not eligible for the death penalty regardless, as he was a minor at the time of the offense.) Nor is there an automatic 10/20/Life sentence since he was not found guilty of actual possession of the firearm. He will score about 25 years as a minimum sentence under Florida’s criminal code scoresheet, but should expect more. His attorneys will be trying to convince the judge not to impose a life sentence.
The judge has requested a pre-sentence report to be completed by Dec. 10, at which point the sentencing hearing will be set. That probably won’t occur until January.