Brazilian politico gets 103 years for killing running mate to take her place in Congress

AP/Washington Post, 01/19/2012

A federal court in northeastern Brazil has sentenced a politician to 103 years in prison for killing his running mate so that he could take her place in Congress.

The court in the state of Alagoas said Thursday that a jury found Talvane de Albuquerque guilty of ordering four of his aides to kill congresswoman Ceci Cunha so that he could replace her in the lower house Chamber of Deputies.

Albuquerque was Cunha’s alternative and would have assumed her seat.

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