Former bodyguards of Tom Brady convicted of attempted murder


Two former bodyguards of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his wife, Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen, have been sentenced to five years in prison after opening fire on two photographers in Costa Rica.

The shooting took place in April 2009 as the celebrity couple celebrated their wedding at a seaside home in Costa Rica.

The Global Post reports that a court in the tourist resort town of Puntarenas found Costa Rican guard Miguel Solis and Colombian Alexander Rivas guilty of attempted murder, while a third — Manuel Valverde of Costa Rica — was acquitted.

The three judges ruled unanimously. The court also ordered the defendants to pay five million colones (about $10,000) in damages to each of the two photographers.

The defendants refused to testify during the proceedings. Yuri Cortez, a Salvadoran who works for AFP, and Costa Rican colleague Carlos Aviles had been trying to take pictures of the wedding.

The bodyguards confronted them and demanded their camera’s memory cards. The photographers attempted to flee which prompted a gun to be shot according to the case. No one was hurt as a result of the shooting.