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Brazil court upholds US pilots conviction, no jail

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SAO PAULO (AP) -

A Brazilian court has upheld the conviction of two American pilots for their role in a 2006 airline crash that killed 154 people. But the three-judge panel ruled that the men do not need to spend a day in prison.

A spokesman with a regional federal court in Brasilia says the judges ruled Monday that pilots Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino will serve out three-year sentences in freedom.

Last year the men were convicted for not verifying that anti-collision equipment on their jet was working when it collided with a Gol airlines jet. They deny their equipment was not working.

They were sentenced to more than four years in prison, but a judge ruled then that the men could do the time in community service.

Monday's ruling can be appealed.

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