There’s often a misconception about how a life sentence to prison is the longest time you could be sent away for, however, that’s not strictly true. There are actually many prison sentences given out which may be in effect the same as a life sentence whereby you’re in for the rest of your life, but actually for a set number of years, just so much greater than how long you may live.
In 1972, there was a postman, Gabriel Grandos, who was given a 384,912 year prison sentence because he’d failed to deliver letters. 42,768 letters to be exact. And the judge certainly wasn’t kind, as he gave a 9 year sentence per letter.
The reason for such a large punishment is that he was accused of fraud, as he was failing to deliver so many of the letters, and as it was fraud, this meant a long sentence was given. Also, unfortunately for the postman, whilst he was only initially sentenced to just over 14 years of imprisonment, it was the prosecutor who asked that the sentence be increased.
This is by far the longest sentence, with the next longer being less than half this long, whilst still being massive at over 140,000 years. That’s 140 generations. It’s just a good thing that your sentence isn’t passed on to your children or relatives… This second longest sentence was in fact also due to another fraudster, who set up a scheme worth $204 million.
Whilst I reckon that those convicted of the Madrid train bombings in 2004 should probably have a longer sentence, they in fact get away with a lot less, as the Spanish law means that they will only serve 40 years of their 34,000 – 43,000 years. That seems like a fairly dodgy prosecution system if you ask me.
If you go down and look at the ‘least longest’ sentences, they’re still up at over 130 years, and so, you definitely don’t want to get on that ‘Top 10’ list!