Brazilian prosecutor believed Danelo Cavalcante escaped Pennsylvania prison to face charge in ‘lenient’ Brazil

The prosecutor in charge of the murder of Danelo Cavalcante in Brazil said he thought the convicted gunman was on his way to his home country when he escaped from a Pennsylvania prison last month.

Cavalcante was arrested on Wednesday after nearly two weeks on the run, but fled Brazil months later after being accused of shooting and killing a man he owed money to in 2018. Tocantins state prosecutor Rafael Pinto Alamy told The Associated Press on Thursday that the sentence could be much lighter in Brazil compared to the life sentence he was sentenced in the United States for killing his girlfriend in 2021. He said there is.

“I thought he might want to flee to Brazil,” Alamy said. “He’ll have to follow the prison rules here, but it’s much more lenient.”

If convicted in Brazil, Cavalcante could face up to 30 years in prison, as the country does not impose life sentences, and would be released after about 12 years on good behavior. Possibly, Alamy said.

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Cavalcante’s murder charge in Brazil stems from the November 5, 2017, death of 20-year-old Bartel Junior Moreira dos Reis, who was arrested at a restaurant in the small rural town of Figueiropolis in the state. He is accused of shooting him five times outside. Tocantins. Witnesses said Cavalcante yelled profanities at his car after the shooting and fled the scene.

The victim’s sister later told police she believed Cavalcante attacked him because of a debt he owed related to damage to his car, according to a police report obtained by The Associated Press.

Brazilian authorities launched an investigation into Cavalcante, and a judge ordered a preventive arrest within a week, but law enforcement could not find Cavalcante, the Associated Press reported.

Danelo Cavalcante mugshot

Danelo Cavalcante, who will be sentenced to life in prison in the United States for killing his girlfriend in 2021, has also been charged with murder in his native Brazil. (Pennsylvania Department of Corrections)

Brazilian investigative TV show Fantastico reported that Cavalcante traveled to Brasilia in January 2018. It is unclear whether he used his own ID to travel, but he was only listed as a fugitive in Tocantins state before being included as a state crime. Alamy said the warrant information system was introduced in June 2018.

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Cavalcante is scheduled for a court hearing in connection with the case in Brazil on October 11, and a jury will hear it “probably next year,” according to his lawyer Magnus Lourenço and Alamy. It is said that

Lorenzo added that the October date could be delayed as he does not know if Cavalcante will be able to make it in time.

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Just as Cavalcante’s escape and subsequent capture was widely reported in the United States, Brazilian media also covered the story, and his eventual arrest made the front pages of many newspapers in the country.

The alleged victim’s loved ones in Brazil told local newspaper Folha de São Paulo that they hope Cavalcante paid for his crimes, even if it was in another country. He said he was thinking about it.

Dayan Moreira dos Reis, the victim’s sister, said: “I’m happy (with my brother’s arrest), but there was no justice for my brother in Brazil. Justice is very slow.” “We (now) hope he stays in prison for the full term.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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