Seven longest prison sentences in history

Seven longest prison sentences in history

Ever thought about the harshest sentences given to criminals? In this article you can read about some of them who have been sentenced for a number of lifetimes and hundreds of years. We unveil the killers, terrorist, rapists whom the judges thought were needed to be locked for lifetimes or more than hundred thousand years.

  1. James Eagan Holmes, US

In 2012 Holmes went into a cinema during The Dark Knight screening and opened fire murdering 12 and injuring around 70 other people. He also set a trap with explosives in his apartment which were defused by a bomb squad.

This shooting was the most lethal one in the history of the US until the Orlando nightclub shooting which happened in 2016. Holmes was convicted to 12 life sentences-he got one life for every life he had taken. He also got 3,318 years without the possibility of parole. On how the law works, here you can find out more.

  1. Martin Bryant, Australia

This man killed 35 people and injured another 23 in the 1996 Port Arthur Massacre. His actions were inspired by the massacre that happened in Scotland.

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Even though he was severely intellectually damaged, he was still fit to attend the trial and was given 1,035 years without the right for parole. He was also sentenced to a lifetime for every murder he committed.

This event leads to strict gun controls being induced in Austraila. You can read more about the story here.

  1. Dudley Wayne Kyzer, US

Halloween 1976, Kyzer went to his wife’s house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and killed her, his mother in law and a college kid who visited them.

Just one hour after thinking, the jury agreed on finding Kyzer guilty and the judge gave him 10,000 years of jail time plus three life sentences.

He has a chance for release since 1991 but he was refused every time.

  1. Allan Wayne McLaurin and Darron Bennalford Anderson, US

Two guys from Oklahoma were caught by the police after they frequently sodomized and abused a just-married woman in an attack that persisted for hours.

In 1993, they got a joined 6,475-year sentence. Three years later they petitioned against their sentence when they found out that the judge made a mistake by wrongly instructing the jury about their status as “presumed not guilty” instead of “presumed innocent”

The second time they were in court in 1996 the judge didn’t make any mistakes and was much harder on them. McLaurin got two thousand years for forcible sodomy, two thousand years for rape, for forcible abduction 1,750 years , thousand and five hundred years for using a lethal weapon on a person, and 500 years for robbery. In total McLaurin got 22,000 years of prison time.

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Anderson got 2,000 years for sodomy, 2,000 years for rape, 1,750 years for assault with a lethal weapon, and 500 years for robbery. In total Anderson got 11,000 years.

  1. Charles Scott Robinson, US

In 1994, this man, a child rapist was sentenced to the longest verdict ever given in the history of US. After he was found guilty of sexually abusing and raping six children, the members of the jury recommended that he should serve 5,000 years per victim. His first opportunity for parole will become viable when he is 108 years old. There also is a list of how many years they lived in prison.

  1. Otman el-Gnaoui, Jamal Zougam and Emilio Suarez Trashorras, Spain

These three terrorists were harshly convicted for planning the 2004 Madrid bombing. In this terrible event, 191 people got killed and around 2,000 of them got injured.

Zougam, the guy who planned it all was given 42,922 years while el-Gnaoui was sentenced to 42,924 years, two more than Zougam.

Trashorras, the bomb supplier who gave them dynamite was given a sentence of 34,715 years. Unfortunately, the maximum penalty anyone can serve under the Spanish law is only 40 years. Click here for more information about this.

  1. Chamoy Thipyaso, Thailand

And the record for the longest prison sentence ever given goes to Chamoy Thipyaso, a woman from Thailand who frauded 16,000 people in a pyramid scheme which was worth more than 200 million dollars.

In 1989, this woman was sentenced to a mind-boggling 141,078 years for corporate fraud. According to Thai law, the maximum penalty which can be served for fraud is 20 years, and Thipyaso was in jail only for 8 years before she reclaimed her freedom.


As you can see guys, laws can sometimes be crazy, and judges can come up with some unimaginably long and harsh sentences. So stay out of trouble everyone, you don’t want to end up in a jail for thousands of years.

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