Brazilian prosecutor believes Danelo Cavalcante escaped from Pennsylvania prison to face charges in “lenient” Brazil | ET REALITY


The prosecutor in charge of the Danelo Cavalcante homicide case in Brazil said he thought the convicted killer was headed to his home country when escaped from a Pennsylvania prison last month.

Cavalcante, who was captured Wednesday after nearly two weeks on the run, fled Brazil in 2018, a few months after allegedly shooting to death a man who owed him money. He faces a much lighter sentence in Brazil compared to the life sentence he received in the United States for killing his girlfriend in 2021, Tocantins state prosecutor Rafael Pinto Alamy told The Associated Press on Thursday. .

“I thought I wanted to escape to Brazil,” Alamy said. “I would have to abide by the prison rules here, which are much more lenient.”

Yeah convicted in Brazil, Cavalcante faces a maximum of 30 years in prison since the country does not impose life sentences and could possibly be released after about 12 years for good behavior, Alamy said.


Danelo Cavalcante is escorted out of Pennsylvania Police Headquarters

Danelo Cavalcante, a convicted murderer, was captured on Wednesday after escaping from Chester County Prison in Pennsylvania on August 31, sparking a massive manhunt that lasted two weeks. (Kevin C. Downs for Fox News Digital)

Cavalcante’s homicide charge in Brazil stems from the Nov. 5, 2017, death of Valter Júnior Moreira dos Reis, 20, who he is accused of shooting five times outside a restaurant in Figueiropolis, a small rural town in he Brazilian state of Tocantins. A witness told officers that Cavalcante ranted in his car after the shooting and fled the scene.

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

Brazilian authorities opened an investigation into Cavalcante and a judge ordered his preventive arrest within a week, but authorities never found him, the AP reported.

Danelo Cavalcante's mugshot

Danelo Cavalcante, who faces life in prison in the United States for killing his girlfriend in 2021, also faces a murder charge in his native Brazil. (Pennsylvania Department of Corrections)

Fantastico, a Brazilian investigative television show, reported that Cavalcante traveled to Brasilia in January 2018. It is unclear whether he used his own identification to travel, but he was only listed as a fugitive in the state of Tocantins until he was placed on a list. national. Warrant Information System in June 2018, Alamy said.


Cavalcante has a court hearing scheduled for October 11 in connection with the case in Brazil, which is expected to go to a jury “probably next year,” according to his lawyer Magnus Lourenço and Alamy.

Lourenço added that there is a possibility that the October date could be delayed because he is not sure that Cavalcante will be notified in time.


Like the extensive coverage of Cavalcante’s escape and subsequent capture In the United States, Brazilian media also covered the saga and his eventual arrest made the front pages of many newspapers in the country.

Loved ones of his alleged victim in Brazil told local newspaper Folha de S. Paulo that they are relieved that Cavalcante is paying for his crimes, even if it is in another country.

“We are happy (with his capture), but there was no justice for my brother in Brazil. Justice is very slow,” said Dayane Moreira dos Reis, the victim’s sister. “We hope (now) that he remains in prison for the entire duration of his sentence.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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