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These Athletes Had To Face The Consequences Of Their Horrific Crimes

Being a professional athlete, like any other career, does not mean you are immune to the law. There has been a lot of criticism when it comes to how NFL athletes have recently been treated for protesting racial inequality yet some players face no consequences for domestic violence. However, some athletes do have to face the consequences for their actions. Here are some athletes who were arrested and, in some cases, convicted of some horrific crimes, ranging from kidnapping to murder.

1. Bruno Fernandes das Dores de Souza

Often referred to as Bruno, this Brazilian football player was arrested in July 2010 after the woman he was having an affair with disappeared a month earlier. She had told him her son was his and was suing him for child support. Bruno was charged with kidnapping, murder, hiding a body, corrupting minors and forming a criminal gang. His 17-year-old cousin told police he had helped Bruno kidnap his girlfriend. The gruesome details of the crime included cutting up the body and burying parts under concrete while other parts were fed to dogs. Bruno ended up serving close to 7 years in prison out of his 22-year sentence, and then was arrested in 2017 after his defense team had partial blame in delays for his appeal.

2. Omar ‘El Gato’ Ortiz

Former Mexican goalkeeper Omar ‘El Gato’ Ortiz was arrested in 2012 for allegedly being part of a kidnapping ring targeting wealthy families in Mexico. The kidnapping gang even targeted families Ortiz knew personally. Ortiz admitted to picking out two members of a wealthy family for the ring. He is currently still in jail despite not receiving a sentence.

3. Robinho

Robson de Souza, a Brazilian player known by his nickname Robinho, was convicted in 2017 in Italy along with five other men for gang raping a woman at a club in Milan in 2012. Until the appeal process is completed, Robinho’s sentence cannot be enforced under Italian law.

4. War Machine

MMA fighter Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver (whose mother is Mexican and is known by his name War Machine), was arrested in 2014 after porn actress Christy Mack alleged War Machine had assaulted her and her associate. Mack suffered broken bones, missing teeth, a broken nose, a ruptured liver and a fractured rib after the brutal assault. In 2017 he was convicted of assault with a weapon and kidnapping, among 29 felony counts. War Machine was sentenced to life in prison with possibility of parole after 36 years.

5. Tony Ayala Jr.

In the early ‘80s, Mexican-American former boxer Tony Ayala Jr. was convicted of two assaults on women and convicted of the brutal assault of a schoolteacher in the home he burglarized. In 2000, he broke into another woman’s home. Ayala Jr. died of an apparent overdose in 2015 in Texas.

6. Carlos Monzón

Former Argentine professional boxer Carlos Monzón was charged with beating and killing his wife, model Alicia Muñiz in 1988 after strangling her and throwing her off a balcony. The couple was vacationing in Mar de Plata when the brutal attack occurred. After being found guilty, he received an 11-year prison sentence.

7. Aaron Hernandez

Before former NFL player Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in prison, he was arrested and convicted for the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional athlete. He was found dead in his cell after being acquitted of a double homicide. Hernandez’s death has sparked a growing debate about football players and concussion injuries from the sport.


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Terrifying Moment Caught On Camera When A White Woman Pulls A Gun On A Black Woman In A Parking Lot

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Terrifying Moment Caught On Camera When A White Woman Pulls A Gun On A Black Woman In A Parking Lot

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A disturbing video is going viral on social media. A Black Michigan mom stared down the barrel of a gun pointed by an angry white woman in a parking lot. The video is the latest example of Black Americans being violently targeted by white people.

Takelia Hill shared a video on Facebook of a terrifying encounter in a parking lot.

Posted by Takelia Shanee on Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The video starts with the image of a white woman holding a gun with fear and anger as she yells at Hill. The woman claims that Hill tried to jump behind her minivan and she was leaving the parking lot. Hill can be heard arguing with the woman refuting her claims that Hill was somehow the aggressor of the out of control and dangerous situation.

A Twitter version of the video, shared by someone identifying as a relative, has been viewed more than 11 million times on Thursday.

Hill’s daughter was recording the confrontation after the woman bumped into her.

According to The Detroit News, the argument began because the white woman bumped into Hill’s daughter and didn’t apologize. The argument escalated quickly when the Hill was almost hit with the minivan as the white couple started to drive. Hill hit the car and the white woman jumped out of the car and drew her gun.

The woman was arrested but released, according to a woman identifying as a close family member.

The police have not confirmed the information tweeted by the family member. The video is sparking outrage in the area of Auburn Hills, Michigan.

“I am deeply disturbed by an incident last night where a woman pointed a cocked gun at another woman during an argument,” Oakland County Executive David Coulter said in a statement, according to The Detroit News. “This behavior is unacceptable. I wholly expect the prosecutor to bring charges that reflect the severity of the incident.”

People in social media are angry after seeing the video and are offering advice on how the family should move forward.

One state senator is calling for action on gun reform in Michigan after the video. Fortunately, Hill and her daughter survived the encounter but the trauma of living through that is taxing.

“Michigan needs commonsense gun reform, and we need it now. People should feel safe going about their day and not have to worry about having a gun pulled on them during a conflict,” state Sen. Rosemary Baye told The Detroit News. “This incident clearly shows we have much work to do because this is not how we should be treating each other.”

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Military Suspect In Vanessa Guillen’s Disappearance Commits Suicide

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Military Suspect In Vanessa Guillen’s Disappearance Commits Suicide

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The search for Vanessa Guillen has ended after human remains were identified as the missing soldier. An investigation into the crime has led to suspects being identified and arrested. Here’s what we know so far.

A soldier, who was a suspect in Vanessa Guillen’s death, committed suicide Wednesday.

Human remains were discovered Tuesday and identified as Vanessa Guillen on Wednesday. The suspects in Guillen’s death have not been named but one of the suspects committed suicide on Wednesday morning. The military suspect shot himself while law enforcement was searching for him.

Tim Miller, the founder of Texas Equusearch, told the Houston Chronicle that he believes the military suspect killed himself at 1:30 a.m. local time. The military suspect, who was in Killeen, Texas, committed suicide shortly after human remains were discovered near the Leon River in Bell County, Texas.

Guillen’s family have expressed their grief at press conferences since the body was identified.

The family is demanding justice. One civilian suspect is currently in jail after being arrested in connection with Guillen’s death. One of Guillen’s sisters recognized the military suspect. Mayra Guillen told the press that she met the military suspect who committed suicide.

“At approximately 1:29 a.m., officers located the suspect in the 4700 block of East Rancier Avenue,” reads the statement from the Killeen Police Department website. “As officers attempted to make contact with the suspect, the suspect displayed a weapon and discharged it towards himself.  The suspect succumbed from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

The suspects have not been identified, however, we do have descriptions of the suspects.

“The person who took his own life earlier today in Killeen after being sought by Killeen police and federal marshals was a soldier from Fort Hood and had fled the base earlier in the day,” reads a statement by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. “A civilian has been arrested in connection with Vanessa Guillen’s disappearance. The civilian suspect is the estranged wife of a former Fort Hood Soldier and is currently in custody in the Bell County Jail awaiting charges by civilian authorities.”

The case has captivated the nation as some people hurt for the family.

The investigation into Vanessa Guillen’s death is still ongoing. There are no answers yet but her family alleges that Guillen was coming forward with sexual assault and harassment allegations. The family’s recounting of Guillen’s sexual assault allegations is renewing the conversation of sexual assault in the military.

The family is calling out Fort Hood and the military’s response to the disappearance of Guillen. According to the family, they have been pleading with Fort Hood and the U.S. Army to conduct an investigation but saw nothing happening.

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