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Janiber Vieira, Mother of Former Boynton Beach Cop David Britto, Gets a Year in Prison

​Janiber "Jane" Andrade Vieira -- mother of former Boynton Beach cop/alleged meth trafficker/federal fugitive David Britto -- was sentenced today to one year plus one day in prison.

Vieira, 51, aided her son's escape to Brazil and was arrested in September on charges of contempt of court -- which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison -- as well as conspiracy to fail to appear before the court and making a false statement, which each carry maximum sentences of five years in prison.

Instead, she pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, although she obviously didn't get too close to that maximum sentence.

As you may recall, Vieira is the reason her son won't be facing a meth-trafficking charge that could've locked him up for life.

Instead, two possible life sentences have turned into one year in prison for one of them.

Britto was on federal probation while awaiting trial when he took a flight from Miami to Brasilia, Brazil, on August 24, with a one-way ticket purchased by Vieira the day before at a Pompano Beach travel agency, court documents say.

According to presentencing documents filed by Vieira's attorney, Britto "begged her to buy a plane ticket for him to go to Brazil because he said if he had to go to jail, he would kill himself."

Not only did Vieira buy the plane ticket in Britto's name but the feds say she told Drug Enforcement Administration the next day that she did not help Britto in obtaining or purchasing the plane ticket to Brazil.

Or, as Vieira's lawyer wrote, "This is how Janiber Vieira comes before the Court -- as a mother who loves her first-born son and saw no other choice to keep him alive."

According to Vieira's arrest warrant, a DEA agent states that Britto's ankle monitor had signaled a "tamper alert" after he cut it off on August 24 -- the same day Britto boarded that flight to Brazil -- but the U.S. Probation Office did not notify the DEA until the next day.

The agent writes that the DEA was notified by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement "later that afternoon" of August 25 that Britto was scheduled to board a one-way flight from Miami to Brasilia, Brazil, on a TAM Airlines flight.

That day, DEA agents went to the travel agency in Pompano Beach -- Chang Express Travel -- where they found that Vieira had paid cash for Britto's ticket, verified from audio/video security footage.

On September 2, federal agents managed to capture Vieira trying to leave the country from JFK International Airport in New York to San Paulo, Brazil.

Here's the kicker: In sentencing documents, it says Vieira will be deported after her three years of probation upon her release -- which can also be interpreted as a free ride back to her son in Brazil.

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Matthew Hendley
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