World’s Longest Prison Sentences
10,000 year sentence handed down (no time off for good behavior?).
The 150-year prison sentence to ex-Financier Bernie Madoff a few years ago may seem long, but it’s far from being the harshest sentence ever given either in the United States or in other countries.
Here’s a sample of some of the longest jail sentences meted out by jurists:
10,000 Years in the Slammer?
The longest jail sentence ever passed in the United States was a whopping 10,000 years for a triple murder. In Alabama, Dudley Wayne Kyzer was jailed for 10,000 years for the 1981 murder of his wife. He was also sentenced to two life terms for murdering his mother-in-law and a college student.
2,200 Year Sentence Plus
Not quite as long, but still very long and certain to insure the defendant never got out of prison was the 1994 Oklahoma rapist, Darron Bennalford Anderson, who received a 2,200-year jail sentence. Worse yet for him, when he appealed his conviction he got no mercy. He was convicted yet again and re-sentenced to more than 90 more centuries in jail. Specifically, he was give 4,000 years each for rape and sodomy he committed, 1,750 years for kidnapping, 1,000 years for burglary and robbery, and 500 years for grand larceny. That gives new meaning to the phrase “throw the book at him.” He seems to have gotten a whole legal library thrown at him. But, Anderson got somewhat of a break when, in 1997, an appeals court dismissed one of the charges and eliminated 500 years from his sentence. What will his release date be, just in case you’re worried – the year 12,744. Anyone want to plan his get-out-of-jail party?
A more “modest” sentence was handed down to Juan Corona, a Mexican-American, who got 25 consecutive life terms for murdering 25 migrant farm workers he had hired, killed, and buried in the early 1970s in Yuba City, California.
845 Years in the Can
Even Madoff’s sentence for a white collar crime is meager compared to the likes of Shalom Weiss of New York who in 2000 got hit with an 845-year sentence from a Florida federal judge in 2000, plus nearly $300 million of fines and restitution, after being convicted on 78 counts of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering in the $450 million collapse of National Heritage Life Insurance.
If the sentences given criminals in the United States seem long in the above cases, it’s a walk in the park compared to some sentences handed down in foreign countries. Take, for instance, the case of a couple of con men in Iran who, in 1969, were sentenced to prison terms that were equal to the number of crimes they committed. Each was given 7,109 years in jail.
And prosecutors in Spain are really serious about asking for long sentences for heinous crimes – if you consider not delivering the mail heinous. In 1972, a 22 year-old postal worker, Gabriel March Grandos, went to trial for not delivering 42,000 letters – give or take a postcard or two. Charged with fraud, the government prosecutors asked the judges to hand down a sentence of 384,912 years. Keep those cards and letters coming, folks.
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