The judges of the First Criminal Chamber of Rio de Janeiro unanimously decided to increase Ronnie Lessa’s sentence.
In this case, he is accused of the disappearance of the weapons used in the murder of councilor Marielle Franco and driver Anderson Gomes, in March 2018.
The panel rejected a request from the defendants’ defense and decided not to replace the defendants’ imprisonment with restrictive sentences. With the new decision, Ronnie Lessa was sentenced to five years in prison, in addition to a 16-day fine.
Ronnie’s wife, Elaine Pereira Figueiredo, and the other defendants in the case also had their sentences extended.
A CNN contacted the former police officer’s defense and is awaiting a response.
Who is Ronnie Lessa
Ronnie Lessa is appointed as the executor of Marielle and Anderson. Lessa is a retired sergeant from the Rio de Janeiro Military Police. The former police officer is also accused of having relationships with misdemeanor schemes and militia members.
In March 2019, one year after the crime, former military police officers Élcio de Queiroz and Ronnie Lessa were arrested, accused of driving the vehicle used on the night of the crime and shooting the victims, respectively.
Lessa is suspected of having fired thirteen shots from an HK MP5 submachine gun at the car where the victims were.
In July this year, the Federal Police arrested former firefighter Maxwell Simões Corrêa, known as Suel, who allegedly helped hide weapons from Ronnie Lessa.
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*With information from Naira Zitei and Vinicius Bernardes