Former Bayern Munich defender
Breno was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison by
a Munich court on Wednesday after being found guilty of setting
his house on fire.
Judge Rosi Datzmann ordered the Brazilian player, who had
been on bail pending the outcome of the case, to be taken
immediately into custody.
Breno's house, in the leafy Munich suburb of Gruenwald,
burned down last September while he was recovering from injury.
His family was out at the time.
The talented Breno joined Bayern as an 18-year-old four
years ago and had high hopes of becoming their defensive anchor.
He failed, however, to earn a starting spot and having also
been plagued by injuries was released by the club last June.
Bayern Munich said they had heard the news with regret.
"Our hope was that Breno could have continued his
footballing career and his life together with his family,"
Bayern said in a statement.
Prosecutors had argued that Breno, who was under the
influence of alcohol at the time, used several lighters and
possibly some fire accelerant and lit objects around the house.
They had asked for a five-year sentence.
Breno's lawyer, Werner Leitner, said that there were still
doubts about whether arson was the cause of the fire.
"He has nothing but family and football," he said. "Give
Breno a chance."
Local media reported that Breno was likely to spend two-and-a-half-years in a German prison before being deported.
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