Former Bayern star jailed
Brazilian defender found guilty of arson
Last Updated: July 5, 2012 11:49am
Breno: Has been jailed for nearly four years after being found guilty of arson
Former Bayern Munich defender Breno has been found guilty of arson and jailed for three years and nine months.
The 22-year-old was handed the sentence at Munich State Court after being found guilty of starting the fire that burned down his Munich home in September.
"I would like to apologise for that night,'' he is reported to have told the courtroom "I have not been a good role model. I am just a person who believes in God and thanks him for protecting my family.''
Breno's solicitor Werner Leitner had requested a suspended sentence, or a maximum two-year jail term should his client be found guilty of deliberately starting the blaze, while prosecutors suggested an imprisonment of five-and-a-half years.
Judge Rosi Datzmann divided the recommendations with her sentencing, saying the accused had "burdened himself with guilt with this action'', and suggesting that Breno may be allowed to return to Brazil after two and a half years in a German prison.
The former Sao Paulo youngster moved to the Allianz Arena as an 18-year-old four years ago but struggled to fight his way into the first team, with injuries also playing their part.
He was eventually released by Bayern at the end of last season
His former employers said in a statement: "Our hope was that Breno would have been able to continue his career as a footballer and, consequently, his life together with his family.
"FC Bayern will continue to support Breno.''