Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen bodyguards sentenced to 5 years after shooting

Monday November 18th, 2013

(Ezequiel Becerra/AFP/Getty Images) Photographer Yuri Cortez celebrates the guilty verdict of two bodyguards who shot at him. (Ezequiel Becerra/AFP/Getty Images)

Miguel Solis and Alexander Rivas, former bodyguards of Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen, were found guilty of attempted murder and sentenced to five years in prison on Friday after an April 2009 shooting in which the men opened fire on photographers during the Brady-Bundchen wedding in Costa Rica.

The three judges in the court in the resort town of Puntarenas voted unanimously on the case. Another bodyguard, Manuel Valverde, was acquitted.

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The defendants, who refused to testify, were ordered to pay five million colones (about $10,000) in damages to the two photographers — Yuri Cortez of the Agence France-Presse (AFP) and his Costa Rican colleague, Carlos Aviles.

The bodyguards confronted the photographers and demanded they hand over the memory cards in their cameras. They refused, and as they drove away, at least one of the bodyguards opened fire, according to the complaint against them.

Neither photographer was harmed.

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