Sentenced to 141,078 years in prison? No problem, right?!
Justice can be harsh and, sometimes, ‘life’ means more than life – it means centuries upon centuries behind bars – at least in theory! But what sort of crimes merit such over-the-top rulings? Here are the world’s harshest jail sentences…
1. Bad luck
In 1989, Chamoy Thipyaso, from Thailand, was handed 141,078 years behind bars – thought to be the longest sentence ever meted out by a court. Her crime? Not murder, but defrauding an astonishing 16,231 people of a total of roughly £2million. It’s believed the sentence was particularly harsh because some of her victims were allegedly members of the Thai royal household… Not much hope of leniency, then. However, despite her lengthy sentence, she was (relatively) lucky, as the maximum anyone can serve behind bars for fraud is a mere 20 years.
2. Mass murderer
One criminal, who perhaps deserved his epic 42,924 year sentence, was terrorist Othman el-Gnaoui. He was convicted in a Spanish court of mass murder following his involvement in the Madrid train bombings in 2004, which killed 191 and injured almost 2,000. However, similar to the Thailand case of Chamoy Thipyaso, under Spanish law the maximum time that can be spent in jail is 40 years…
3. Little hope
Although Chamoy Thipyaso and Othman el-Gnaoui both had practical limits to the amount of time they could legally stay in jail, there’s no such hope for American child rapist Charles Scott Robinson, from Oklahoma, who faces a lengthy 30,000 years banged up. Given 5,000 years for each of the six counts handed down to him – to be served consecutively – Robinson will almost certainly spend the rest of his life behind bars. Although, if he makes it to 108, he will be eligible for parole… So there’s hope for him yet!
4. Dubious accolade
Another Oklahoma case, Darron Bennalford Anderson, was given 11,250 years for the robbery, kidnap and rape of an elderly woman in 1993. Originally sentenced to just 2,200 years, Anderson appealed his sentence – and was duly handed another 9,050 years after he was granted a new trial, and the jury decided his jail sentence should be extended. Anderson did, however, win the accolade of ‘the greatest amount of jail time given as a result of an appeal’ by the Guinness World Records. His accomplice Allan Wayne McLaurin fared worse, getting 21,250 years for crimes including rape and kidnapping.
5. Access denied
American Dudley Wayne Kyzer – who one prosecutor branded a ‘born killer’ – murdered his wife, mother-in-law and a student, who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time on Halloween in 1976. He was given two life sentences for the murder of his mother-in-law and the student – on top of 10,000 years for killing his wife. At the time of writing, the now 74-year-old has been denied parole 10 times.
6. Sick criminal
As for the UK? Cocaine addict Andrew Aston – who robbed and attacked elderly and disabled victims, two of which who were aged 80 and 87 and later died – was convicted of two murders and 24 robberies. He was given 26 life sentences, after pleading not guilty and thus forcing some of his surviving victims to give evidence in court and relive their ordeal…