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Former keeper Bruno guilty of murder

 Former Flamengo football club goalie Bruno Fernandes de Souza
Former Flamengo goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes de Souza during his trial.
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SAO PAULO (AP)

Bruno (R) on the day he was sentenced to 22 years for murdering his ex-girlfriend. (AP Photo/Renata Caldeira, TJMG, Justice Tribunal of Minas Gerais)

Former Flamengo goalkeeper Bruno has been convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and sentenced to more than 22 years in prison.

The jury of five women and two men found Bruno guilty of ordering the killing of model Eliza Samudio, whose body has never been found amid allegations that she was dismembered and her remains were fed to dogs.

Bruno also was convicted of holding hostage the young son that Samudio had with him.

The goalkeeper had already been convicted of kidnapping Samudio and forcing her to terminate her pregnancy.

The 28-year-old Bruno was captain of the Flamengo team that won the Brazilian league title in 2009.