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MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- One of five suspects in the November slaying of NFL star Sean Taylor has agreed to serve 29 years in prison and testify against his co-defendants in a plea deal, his attorney said.

Sean Taylor, the Washington Redskins' #21, was shot and bled to death during an apparent burglary.

Venjah Hunte, 20, has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and burglary while armed, according to Michael Hornung, Hunte's defense attorney.

The May 9 hearing was closed to everyone but Taylor's father, Pedro, Hornung said.

Taylor, 24, a Washington Redskins player who was at home in Miami rehabilitating after a knee injury, died a day after he was shot during an apparent burglary at his home.

Police have said Taylor and his girlfriend, Jackie Garcia, were awakened by noise coming from the living room early November 26. Taylor got up and locked the bedroom door, but the door was kicked in and two shots were fired.

A bullet struck the femoral artery in Taylor's leg, causing massive blood loss. Garcia and the couple's 18-month-old daughter were unharmed.

A break-in had been reported at Taylor's home eight days earlier. A police report said someone forced a window open and left a kitchen knife on a bed. Several drawers and a bedroom safe were searched during the break-in, according to the report.

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At the plea hearing, Hunte expressed "sorrow and remorse" to Taylor's father, Hornung said, and the elder Taylor seemed satisfied that Hunte took responsibility for his actions.

Under terms of the plea deal, Hunte agreed to testify truthfully in the trials of the other four defendants, Hornung said. There is a provision that if he does not testify truthfully, he will be sentenced to life in prison.

On Wednesday, prosecutors said a fifth suspect, Timothy Brown, 16, was arrested on a juvenile warrant in connection with Taylor's death, and faces charges of first-degree murder and armed burglary. A grand jury will determine whether he is charged as an adult.

The other suspects are Eric Rivera, 17, the alleged gunman; Jason Scott Mitchell, 19; and Charles Kendrick Lee Wardlow, 18.

Taylor spent four years with the Washington Redskins, earning his first Pro Bowl selection in 2006. He suffered a sprained right knee in a November 11 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and had not played in a game since.

The 2004 first-round draft pick played at the University of Miami, where he was an All-American in 2003. He was regarded as one of the hardest-hitting players in the NFL.

CNN's Cristy Lenz contributed to this report.

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