Airline tycoon sentenced to 16 years for murder

According to news reports, an airline tycoon from Brazil has been sentenced to 16 years and six months imprisonment for his part in a 2001 murder, however he could avoid jail time because of his age.

Nene Constantino, 85, whose family controls Brazil’s Gol Linhas Aereas, was convicted along with three others in the murder of Marcio Leonardo de Sousa Brito, leader of a group of squatters.

He was found guilty by a court in Tabuatinga, near the capital Brasilia, of ordering the killing after Brito led an occupation of land owned by the family.

Constantino, also convicted of tampering with a witness, must pay a fine of 84,000 reais ($27,000).

He remains free while appealing the verdict and may be able to avoid going behind bars entirely because of his age.

“Constantino will not spend one day in prison,” prosecutor Bernardo Urbano Resende was quoted as saying by G1 news site. “He’s at the end of his life.”

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