Venjah Hunte, one of the men currently sitting behind bars in connection with the murder of Washington Redskins and former University of Miami star Sean Taylor, has issued a two-and-a-half page apology for his part in the high-profile crime.
"To begin I would like to send my deepest apology to the family of Sean Taylor," Hunte wrote. "I know an apology won't bring him back, but I hope one day they could find it in their hearts to forgive me."
Hunte issued the letter to The Washington Times after the paper asked him for comment on the case.
Hunte is so far the only person connected with the 2007 murder who has been sentenced.
Along with four others -- Timmy Lee Brown, Jason Scott Mitchell, Eric Rivera, and Charles Wardlow -- Hunte broke into Taylor's Palmetto Bay home where he was recovering from a football injury. Taylor was shot in the leg during the attempted robbery. The bullet pierced an artery, and Taylor died in the hospital a day later.
Hunte entered a plea deal in 2008, and was sentenced to 29 years in prison. The four others have not yet been tried after numerous delays. The next trial is set for April of this year.
"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 continued. "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," Hunte wrote, "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."
Hunte currently resides in Miami-Dade's Metro West Detention center where he is under solitary confinement for 23 hours a day due to the high profile nature of the crime. He also wrote that he hopes to one day reenter society, and hinted he wanted to write a book.
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