After six years waiting for justice, the father of NFL football star Sean Taylor finally got the chance to speak directly to the young killer who broke into his son’s Palmetto Bay house looking for cash.

"A young man that wanted to take shortcuts took the shortcuts — and took a man’s life," Pedro Taylor said, looking sternly at Eric Rivera Jr., seated feet away at the defendant’s table in a Miami-Dade courtroom.

Taylor, Florida City’s police chief, minced no words in describing the raw experience of dealing with his son’s death.

Hours after his son died, Pedro Taylor recounted returning to the stained hallway where police say Rivera shot the Washington Redskins star in the groin.

"I cleaned up every bit of the blood of my son," Pedro Taylor said.

His words packed a powerful emotional punch in a hearing Thursday that finally ended a protracted legal battle that had drained family, friends and supporters of the slain former University of Miami and Gulliver Prep safety.

A Miami-Dade judge sentenced Rivera, convicted of murder in November, to 57.5 years in prison for the slaying and break-in that cut short a promising life and career.

That means Rivera, a 23-year-old who was 17 at the time of the shooting, will likely not emerge from prison until after his 70th birthday.

Three other alleged participants are awaiting trial. A fifth defendant, Venjah Hunte, 25, already has pleaded guilty and will receive a 29-year sentence.

Prosecutors said Rivera shot and killed Taylor when he and four pals – not believing the football star was home – broke into Taylor’s home in November 2007. Taylor, who had been sleeping alongside his girlfriend and their young daughter, surprised the group as Rivera kicked in the master bedroom door, authorities said.