Venjah Hunte, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to second-degree murder and burglary while armed is serving a 29-year sentence at Metro West Detention Center in Miami.
In his letter to The Washington Times, Hunte wrote:
“To begin I would like to send my deepest apology to the family of Sean Taylor. I know an apology won’t bring him back, but I hope one day they could find it in their hearts to forgive me.”
Taylor died after being shot in the leg — the bullet hit his femoral artery — during a botched robbery attempt in his Palmetto Bay, Fla. home on the morning of Nov. 26, 2007.
The four other defendants in the case — Timmy Lee Brown, Jason Scott Mitchell, Eric Rivera, Charles Wardlow — have yet to be tried and are currently jailed without bond. The latest trial attempt is scheduled for April 15, 2013 and Hunte, the reported getaway driver, will testify against them as part of his plea agreement.
“My thought or intentions weren’t to hurt him or noone [sic] else, let alone murder, it was something I thought would never happen,” Hunte wrote in his letter to the Times. “Even though I didn’t pull the trigger I still have to take responsibility for my actions. Period.
“Back then, I was just existing, I wasn’t living life at all. I was just living the fast life, chasing fast money, doing things my way which would be the wrong way in the end. In the last five years, I’ve had to grow up and mature a lot. I no longer think about or want to indulge in the things I used to, it’s just not worth it to me anymore.”