A GOALKEEPER who was convicted for his part in a sick plot to murder his mistress has been signed by a new football club.
Brazilian goalie Bruno Fernandes de Souza, 38, was sentenced to 22 years behind bars after he confessed to ordering the killing of his girlfriend whose body was cut up and fed to a pack of Rottweilers.
Actress and model Eliza Samudio, 25, was kidnapped and murdered by a gang in June 2010.
She was tortured and beaten before being strangled, chopped into pieces, and fed to a pack of dogs.
Bruno Fernandes -who had an affair with Eliza and a son, followed by a paternity and child support lawsuit – later confessed to organising the sick plot.
He was sentenced to 22 years in jail in March 2013 after a court found him guilty of ordering the model’s murder.
In January this year, a court granted parole to Bruno, under the condition he presents himself at the Penitentiary Administration Secretariat of Rio de Janeiro every three months.
And earlier this week, Orion Futebol Clube announced it snapped the footballer who was previously in Atletico Mineiro, Corinthians, and Flamengo.
The club, which will compete in the Super Copa Pioneer this year, wrote: “Backup for the position, welcome!”
Orion is the seventh team to have signed Bruno since 2017, when he was granted habeas corpus before being ordered to return to jail three months later.
Bruno’s last team was Atletico Carioca in Sao Goncalo, Rio de Janeiro State.
Despite being married with two daughters, the footballer would often attend marathon 24-hour sex parties- in one of which he met Eliza in May 2009.
They started a relationship but three months later Eliza became pregnant.
During her pregnancy she went to the police, claiming she had been kidnapped by two of Bruno’s friends who forced her to take an illegal drug that would induce miscarriage.
The drug did not work and in February 2010 she gave birth to Bruninho — which translates as “Little Bruno”.
After the baby’s birth, she was lured into a car on the promise that Bruno would give her an apartment and all the maintenance pay she wanted but she was driven with her baby to Bruno’s house instead.
There she was strapped to a chair and beaten for six days by a gang that included Bruno’s wife, another former lover, his teenage cousin and a former police officer, Marcos Santos.
Eliza was tortured as loud music was blasting before she was eventually strangled in front of her son.
Her body was chopped up into pieces and fed to Bruno’s dogs.
Her disappearance sparked a massive police investigation but the truth came to light when one of Bruno’s co-conspirators-his teenage cousin- confessed everything.
Although he initially denied any involvement, Bruno finally broke down in court and confessed to his part in the plot.
He claimed he had not made the order to kill Eliza but had “accepted” it and knew she had been killed.
He was sentenced to 22 years in prison after the judge said he had “meticulously calculated” the execution.
His closed prison sentence was converted to a semi-open prison sentence in July 2019.
In a semi-open prison regime, prisoners are allowed to work outside the prison during the day, but they must return to the prison each night.
However, inadequate facilities at Varginha Prison meant that officials had allowed him to sleep at his home, where he was ordered to stay between 8pm to 6am every night.