Lionel Messi’ s older brother has been handed two-and-a-half-year suspended prison sentence for possessing an illegal firearm.

The Barcelona star’s sibling, Matias , received a two-and-a-half year prison sentence on Thursday August 16th but instead of going to jail, he will undertake community service.

Argentine newspaper, La Capital, reports that the decision was reached through a deal with investigating prosecutors.

Recall, that the firearm was found late in 2017 inside a blood-stained boat, which Matias crashed in the Parana River.

The 35-year-old was initially held under preventive arrest and later released while he recovered from a fractured jaw and other injuries in the Santa Fe province of Argentina.

At that time, his lawyer argued that his client crashed the boat into a sandbank and denied that he owned the gun.

Matias who’s not new to committing crimes has been linked with known criminals in the past.

He was held for 16 hours in a prison cell in 2015 after officers found an unlicensed 22-caliber gun in his car.

In 2008, he was also arrested for allegedly having a loaded gun in his belt.

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