Lionel Messi’s Brother Sentenced Two And Half Years In Prison But Escapes Actual Jail Time


Lionel Messi’s Brother Sentenced Two And Half Years In Prison But Escapes Actual Jail Time

By Olamide Ayo-Olumoko

Matias Messi, older brother of Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi, has been convicted for illegally possessing a firearm.

The football star’s sibling was handed a two-and-a-half year prison sentence yesterday. However, he was given the option of communtiy service in lieu of jail time Argentine newspaper, La Capital, reports that the decision was reached through a deal with investigating prosecutors.

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The firearm was found late in 2017 in a blood-stained boat, which was steered and crashed by the 35-year-old in the Parana River. The football star’s sibling was initially held under preventive arrest and later released as he recovered from a fractured jaw and other injuries in the Santa Fe province of Argentina.

At that time, his lawyer argued that his client crashed the boat into a sandbank and denied that he owned the gun.

Matias who has has been linked with known criminals in the past, was held for 16 hours in a prison cell in 2015 after officers found an unlicensed 22-calibre gun in his car. He was also arrested In 2008 for allegedly having a loaded gun in his belt.

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