Lionel Messi’s older brother Matias sentenced for possessing illegal firearm

Lionel Messi's brother, Matias, has been sentenced for illegally possessing a firearm

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

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

The 35-year-old has been ordered to undertake community service instead of going to jail

The 35-year-old has been ordered to undertake community service instead of going to jail

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.

Matias’ lawyer originally argued that his client crashed the boat into a sandbank and denied that he owned the gun.

The firearm was found late last year inside a blood-stained boat, which Matias had crashed

The firearm was found late last year inside a blood-stained boat, which Matias had crashed