- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 13, 2014

A star Brazilian goalkeeper who was sentenced to more than 22 years for ordering the kidnap and murder of his girlfriend may be granted a work release to play professional soccer.

Bruno Fernandes de Souza, 28, confessed to ordering the kidnapping and murder of his ex-girlfriend Eliza Samudio, 25, last March because he was tired of paying her child support. Her dead body was dismembered and allegedly fed to dogs, United Press Internationalreported.

Fernandes was allowed to sign a five-year contract with Montes Claros of the Campeonato Mineiro and, if approved by a judge, will be able to leave prison on day release to train with the team and play games, while accompanied by a police escort.

Montes Claros club president, Ville Mocellin, confirmed the contract.

“We want to give an opportunity to the man Bruno,” he told OTempo. “For him, it is a chance to return to play. To the club, he is an athlete who can strengthen the team and a way to invest in the social side.”

According to UPI, there is a provision in Brazilian law that allows felons more freedom after three or four years of good behavior.