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Brady-Bundchen guards get prison time for 2009 wedding shooting

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Remember when photographers accused hired goons at the Tom Brady-Gisele Bundchen Costa Rican wedding of shooting at them?  Regarded as wild, unsubstantiated allegations, it turns out that the allegations weren’t quite so wild or unsubstantiated.

According to Agence France-Presse (via USA Today), two former Brady-Bundchen bodyguards have received prison sentences of five years each for the incident.

In the town of Puntarenas, Costa Rica, a court convicted Miguel Solis and Alexander Rivas of attempted murder.  Another guard, Manuel Valverde, was acquitted.  Solis and Rivas also were ordered to pay $10,000 to each of the two victims.

Brady and Bundchen were sued for the 2009 incident, and the case eventually was dismissed.

It’s unclear why the folks who hired the men who fired the shots apparently weren’t found responsible civilly or criminally.

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30 Responses to “Brady-Bundchen guards get prison time for 2009 wedding shooting”
  1. apkyletexas says: Nov 18, 2013 7:52 PM

    “It’s unclear why the folks who hired the men who fired the shots apparently weren’t found responsible civilly or criminally.”

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    Because they are way better looking than you (or me)? And have a lot more money?

  2. bygd1 says: Nov 18, 2013 7:52 PM

    Was one a certain ex tight end for the Patriots

  3. jpak12 says: Nov 18, 2013 7:58 PM

    Shooting the paparazzi should get you a medal not jail time lol

  4. coltzfan166 says: Nov 18, 2013 7:59 PM

    Probably because the folks that hired the men never orders his employees to shoot at the photographers.

  5. mygoldtooth says: Nov 18, 2013 7:59 PM

    Goodell’s tampering knows no borders.

  6. annes22 says: Nov 18, 2013 8:00 PM

    Great, just another story where money is involved. Same old situation. If it was any of us, you know we would have to pay. How nice to have more money than sense.

  7. mrlaloosh says: Nov 18, 2013 8:04 PM

    Loki at that picture. No jury would convict them.

  8. lusdawg says: Nov 18, 2013 8:09 PM

    My boss isn’t responsible for any crimes I commit …

  9. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 18, 2013 8:14 PM

    It’s unclear why the folks who hired the men who fired the shots apparently weren’t found responsible civilly or criminally.
    ________________________

    Its very clear actually. When the people doing the shooting go off on their own accord and shoot at people without the knowledge or orders of their employers its a funny thing that the employer has no liability.

    Especially when the people being shot at were trespassing.

    Not to mention that I find it hard to believe Brady or his wife ordered anyone to shoot at those guys

  10. strokinmyego says: Nov 18, 2013 8:14 PM

    “It’s unclear why the folks who hired the men who fired the shots apparently weren’t found responsible civilly or criminally.”

    Perhaps you should go after them Florio, don’t let this one go, ramble on over and over about it, just like you did with Brady’s pay cut back in the off-season.

    “Probably because the folks that hired the men never orders his employees to shoot at the photographers.”

    Honestly, I could not have said it any better myself.

  11. balfe13 says: Nov 18, 2013 8:15 PM

    Uhhh… Maybe they (Brady and his wife) weren’t found responsible because there was no evidence that they told these people to shoot at photographers? Absent evidence of conspiracy or something similar, there’s no reason for them to be held liable.
    I really doubt you were once a lawyer of any kind; if you were, it’s quite clear why you’re no longer in that line of work. Thanks for the irresponsible accusations though.

  12. caseyanthonymunoz says: Nov 18, 2013 8:16 PM

    Shooters missed their targets. Sounds like Peyton in the playoffs.

  13. j0esixpack says: Nov 18, 2013 8:19 PM

    Too bad they also didn’t get the Boston Barstool folks who posted naked vacation photos of the couple’s son with particular attention given to his privates while they were at it

  14. Deb says: Nov 18, 2013 8:23 PM

    If it was any of us, we’d have to pay?

    Don’t know about you guys, but I haven’t had to hire bodyguards to keep away the paparazzi lately. It wouldn’t be any of us. And I’m good with that!

  15. atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Nov 18, 2013 8:32 PM

    It’s unclear why the folks who hired the men who fired the shots apparently weren’t found responsible civilly or criminally.
    ————————————————
    Yet it’s EXTREMELY clear why our society and judicial system are in the dump…

  16. fiezzybeatz says: Nov 18, 2013 8:35 PM

    Wedding gate?

  17. getyourownname says: Nov 18, 2013 8:44 PM

    Sounds like they did completely understand Tom’s explanation of what “shotgun wedding” means. Well, he has been having communication issues with some of his staff.

  18. charger383 says: Nov 18, 2013 8:46 PM

    Make sure to keep one layer between you and anybody who can really screw things up

  19. hooterdawg says: Nov 18, 2013 8:52 PM

    Tom Brady was quoted at the time that no shots were fired and no one was hurt. I suppose wealthy people always think that fame and money will cover up a lot of misdeeds in foreign countries.

  20. granadafan says: Nov 18, 2013 8:55 PM

    It’s near universal amongst rent-a-cops or so-called neighborhood watch captains. Give them a fake badge, a gun, and these guys think they’re king of the world.

  21. peed1 says: Nov 18, 2013 8:55 PM

    It’s great to be Tom.

  22. mackcarrington says: Nov 18, 2013 9:10 PM

    My takeaway from this is: Don’t have a wedding in a Third World country, and hire guards who probably also work for a drug cartel.

  23. hooterdawg says: Nov 18, 2013 9:12 PM

    “Absolute total B.S.,” Brady told SI’s Peter King in 2009. “We found two guys on our property, and we told them to get out. Our security guys didn’t even have guns. There were no shots fired.”

  24. fdugrad says: Nov 18, 2013 9:21 PM

    Looks as though Tom is channeling his inner Rodney Dangerfield in the photo. Maybe he’s telling his new wife ” I don’t get no respect from those bodyguards.”

  25. vincentbojackson says: Nov 18, 2013 9:46 PM

    Looks like the preferential treatment Brady gets on the field extends off it as well.

  26. cherrybop says: Nov 18, 2013 9:54 PM

    Does this make Tom Brady a gangster?

  27. tinbender2000 says: Nov 18, 2013 10:11 PM

    In that photo she looks perky :)

  28. gborange says: Nov 18, 2013 10:45 PM

    Shootings, cheating, and murders coming out of New England; but somehow the Redskins are considered the scum of the NFL because of their nickname. Well at least ole Tommy didn’t have the hired guns send them an offensive text first!

  29. 3taintedchampionships2biglosses says: Nov 18, 2013 10:48 PM

    I’m sure kraft was duped by this too

  30. walkinginthewasteland says: Nov 19, 2013 11:18 AM

    Tom was innocent, since he was only reloading for the guards, and not actually firing.

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