Former Brazilian editor jailed for killing journalist ex-girlfriend in 2000

After avoiding prison for more than a decade due to appeals, Brazil’s top court has said reporter Pimenta Neves must serve his 15-year sentence for murdering his ex-girlfriend shortly after their breakup in 2000, The Associated Press reports.

Nevez was convicted in 2006 but managed to remain free due to continued appeals in different courts, Terra explains.

According to O Globo, Nevez was the editor of O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper when he shot Sandra Gomide – also an editor at the paper – then confessed to the police. The crime was a major story in Brazil as it involved two journalists at one of the country’s biggest newspapers.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.