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Goalkeeper in Brazil convicted in murder case

By CNN Staff
updated 11:03 AM EST, Fri March 8, 2013
Bruno Souza was arrested in August 2010 in the slaying of his ex-girlfriend, Eliza Samudio.
Bruno Souza was arrested in August 2010 in the slaying of his ex-girlfriend, Eliza Samudio.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Former soccer star convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend
  • Bruno Souza sentenced to more than 22 years in jail
  • He was arrested in 2010, one of nine people charged in case

(CNN) -- A famed Brazilian soccer goalkeeper has been convicted in the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Friday, a court said.

The former Flamengo star Bruno Fernandes das Dores de Souza was sentenced of 22 years and three months for the murder of Eliza Samudio and the abduction of a child.

The player's ex-wife, who was also on trial, was acquitted of kidnapping the child.

Souza, his lover and his ex-wife were among nine people charged with torturing and murdering Samudio, who had been trying to prove he had fathered her son.

He was given a 4½-year sentence for assaulting and kidnapping Samudio before going on trial for murder.

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