Ex-Flamengo goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes jailed for plot to kill lover
Former Flamengo goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes has been sentenced to 22 years and three months in prison for orchestrating a plot to kill his lover and hide her remains.
The 28-year-old "meticulously calculated" the abduction, murder and disposal of Eliza Samudio in 2010, a judge said on Friday morning.
Fernandes denied fathering her son and disputed child maintenance, but DNA tests showed the baby was his.
The court in the state of Minas Gerais heard Miss Samudio’s remains were fed to dogs after she had been strangled.
Judge Marixa Fabiane Rodrigues Lopes said Fernandes was "cold, violent and secretive", believing he could escape justice by hiding the body.
"Your personality is distorted and evades the minimum standards of normalcy," she said, according to Brazilian website G1.
"The guilt from these crimes is intense and highly reprehensible.
"The victim left a child of only four months orphaned."
Earlier this week, Fernandes wept in the dock and read a Bible as he denied arranging the killing alongside eight others, which included his ex-wife Dayane Rodrigues.
Bruno, who had been tipped to play at the 2014 World Cup, was captain of the Flamengo team that won the Brazilian championship in 2009 and made 134 appearances for the club.