South American Football - Chile goalkeeper Herrera walks free despite guilty verdict

Universidad de Chile goalkeeper Johnny Herrera was found guilty of killing a 22-year-old woman while he was speeding but will go free, a Chilean judge ruled on Thursday.

Reuters

Herrera had his driving licence revoked for two years and will need to report to police for a year after slamming into student Macarena Casassus in Santiago in December 2009.

The prosecution had sought three years jail for the 32-year old goalkeeper, who plays for one of football-mad Chile's most popular clubs. They argued Herrera was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

Speaking after the sentence was passed, Casassus's father told reporters the decision was "a stab in the back" and an "attack on common human beings."

Herrera is the Chilean national squad's second-choice goalkeeper.

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