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Brazil: 103 year sentence in running mate murder

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BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- A federal court in northeastern Brazil has sentenced a politician to 103 years in prison for killing his running mate so he could take her place in Congress.

The court in the state of Alagoas says Thursday that a jury found Talvane de Albuquerque guilty of ordering four of his aides to kill congresswoman Ceci Cunha so he could replace her in the lower house Chamber of Deputies.

Albuquerque was Cunha's alternative and would have assumed her seat.

Albuquerque was also found guilty of ordering the murder of Cunha's husband and two of her relatives.

His aides were sentenced to jail terms ranging from 75 to 105 years. Under Brazilian law, no one can serve more than 30 years in prison.

Defense attorney Welton Roberto says he will appeal.

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