List of longest prison sentences

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This is a list of longest prison sentences ever given to a single person, worldwide. Listed are instances where people have been sentenced to jail terms in excess of a human lifetime. Note that many national legislations worldwide do not allow for such sentences.

Since the sentence given is not necessarily equivalent to time served, see the list of longest prison sentences served for those who have spent the longest continuous time in prison.

Out of the 17 listed prisoners who were sentenced to more than one life imprisonment or to life imprisonment plus additional time, 13 of them were in the United States.

Prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment[edit]

Name Sentence
Sentence term Country Description
Terry Nichols 1995 161 life sentences plus 9,300 years parole  United States Convicted of 161 counts of first-degree murder, first-degree arson, and conspiracy by the state court of Oklahoma for his part in the Oklahoma City bombing of April 19, 1995: also sentenced in federal court for terrorism and eight counts of involuntary manslaughter. Record for most consecutive life sentences ever given to a single individual. Due to such a large number of life sentences, adding no parole possibility, it can be also declared as the longest officially confirmed sentence ever handed in the world.
Michael J. Devlin 2007 74 life sentences plus 2,020 years  United States Convicted of multiple counts of kidnapping children in 2002 and 2007, armed criminal action, forcible sodomy, child pornography, transporting minors across state lines to engage in sexual activity, attempted murder, and attempted forcible sodomy.
Abdullah Barghouti 2004 67 life sentences plus 5,200 years without parole  Israel Commander of Hamas' Al-Qassam Brigades and one of its chief bomb makers. Sentenced for the death of 66 Israelis, he is held in solitary confinement and denied visits. Also the longest officially confirmed sentence ever handed outside U.S.
Brenton Tarrant 2020 52 life sentences plus 480 years without parole  New Zealand Pleaded guilty to the murder of 51 worshippers and seriously injuring 40 others in the Christchurch mosque shootings in 2019. Sentenced to life imprisonment for each murder and preparing for a terrorist act, and an additional 480 years for wounding 40 people.
Gary Ridgway 2003 49 life sentences (48 of them without parole) plus 480 years  United States Serial killer known as the "Green River Killer", who confessed to having murdered 71 women between 1982 and 1998.
Loi Khac Nguyen 1991 49 consecutive life sentences without parole  United States Surviving perpetrator of the 1991 Good Guys siege. Convicted of three murders, 11 attempted murders and 35 counts of kidnapping.
Abdulkadir Masharipov 2020 40 life sentences plus 1,368 years  Turkey Abdulkadir Masharipov, an Uzbek national, was handed the equivalent of 40 life sentences plus an additional 1,368 years for perpetrating the 2017 Istanbul nightclub shooting.[1]
James Kevin Pope 2008 40 life sentences plus 60 years  United States Received 40 convictions of sexual assault for abusing three teenage girls.[2]
Martin Bryant 1996 35 life sentences plus 1,035 years without parole[3]  Australia Mass murderer who pleaded guilty to murdering 35 people and injuring 23 others in the Port Arthur massacre, a shooting spree in Port Arthur, Tasmania, Australia on April 28, 1996.[4] Sentenced to the maximum penalty of life imprisonment for each murder, and an additional 1,652 years for wounding 23 people, shooting at 14 other people with the intention to kill, four counts of theft of a motor vehicle, three counts of arson and one of kidnapping.
Chester Stiles 2009 21 life sentences (with the possibility of parole in 140 years)  United States Found guilty of 21 counts of rape against a 3-year-old girl.
James Holmes 2015 12 life sentences without parole plus 3,318 years  United States Perpetrator of the 2012 Aurora, Colorado shooting. Charged with 12 counts of murder, 140 counts of attempted murder, 1 count of possessing an explosive device, and given 1 sentence enhancement of a violent crime. Sentenced to 12 life sentences without parole, and an additional 3,318 years.[5]
Dylann Roof 2017 9 life sentences plus 95 years  United States Perpetrator of the Charleston church shooting. Originally sentenced to death in federal court for 9 counts of hate crimes resulting in death, 3 counts of hate crimes with intent to kill, 9 counts of obstruction to exercise religion resulting in death, 3 counts of obstruction to exercise religion using a dangerous weapon. In the South Carolina State Court, Roof pleaded guilty to 9 counts of murder, 3 counts of attempted murder, and 1 count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. Life was recommended for the 9 murders, 30 years for the 3 attempted murders, and 5 years for the possession. Currently incarcerated and awaiting execution at United States Penitentiary, Terre Haute, Indiana.
Rayshun Mullins 2009 6 life sentences plus 1,015 years  United States Serial rapist who attacked 9 women between 2003 and 2004. Convicted on 26 counts, which included rape, kidnapping, robbery and burglary.[6]
Dudley Wayne Kyzer 1981 2 life sentences plus 10,000 years  United States Convicted of killing his estranged wife, Diane Kyzer, his mother-in-law, Eunice Barringer, and college student Rick Pyron who just happened to be at the Barringer home in Alabama on Halloween in 1976.[7] Received 10,000 years for the murder of his wife and 2 life sentences for the other two killings.[8]
James Alex Fields Jr. 2019 2 life sentences plus 419 years  United States Perpetrator of the Charlottesville car attack.[9]
Devon Erickson 2021 1 life sentence without parole plus 1,282 years  United States Co-perpetrator of the STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting, during which 18 year-old student Kendrick Castillo was killed as he and other classmates tackled Erickson to the ground. He was convicted on 46 counts, including first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and supplying a juvenile with a handgun. [10]
Bryan Cage 2021 1 life sentence without parole plus 1,248 years  United States Convicted in May 2021 of attempted capital murder of a police officer and numerous child pornography, weapon, and drug offenses. [11]
Ariel Castro 2013 1 life sentence plus 1,000 years  United States Pled guilty to 937 counts of rape and kidnapping, false imprisonment and aggravated murder. He committed suicide on September 3, 2013.

Prisoners not sentenced to life imprisonment[edit]

These sentences differ technically from sentences of life imprisonment in that the designated jail times have specific lengths, although in practical terms they effectively serve the same purpose.

Prisoners sentenced to 1,000 years or more in prison[edit]

Name Sentence start Sentence term Country Description
Chamoy Thipyaso 1989 141,078 years  Thailand World's longest sentence for corporate fraud according to Guinness World Records 2006. Also the longest, non-life, officially confirmed sentence ever handed in the world. She defrauded more than 16,000 Thais in a pyramid scheme worth $204 million at the time.[12] However, the Thai law of the time specified that those convicted of fraud could not serve more than twenty years in prison and her mandatory release was 2009, she was paroled after only eight.[13]
Othman El Gnaoui 2007 42,924 years  Spain Sentenced for their roles in the 2004 Madrid train bombings.[14] Under Spanish law, the maximum sentence that any of them can serve is 40 years. The release date is scheduled for March 19, 2044, for El Gnaoui. Both Zougam and Trashorras will be released 17 days before El Gnaoui. Zougam will be 71 years old, El Gnaoui will be 69 years old, and Trashorras would be 67 years old.[15] It's the longest, non-life, officially confirmed sentence ever handed in European Union.
Jamal Zougam 42,922 years
Emilio Suárez Trashorras 34,715 years
Charles Scott Robinson 1994 30,000 years  United States Longest jail term to a single American on multiple counts. Also the longest sentence ever handed in the United States. Robinson was sentenced to 5,000 years for each of the six counts against him for raping a 3-year-old girl in Oklahoma.[16]
Allan Wayne McLaurin 1994 20,750 years  United States Accomplice of Darron Bennalford Anderson. Upon appeal, his sentence was reduced by 500 years.[17]
Pudit Kittithradilok 2017 13,275 years  Thailand Convicted of 2,653 counts of fraud. He admitted running a Ponzi scheme whereby he promised investors artificially high financial returns. About 40,000 people were persuaded to pour more than $160m (£120m) into his companies. Prosecutors told the court that Kittithradilok organised seminars where attendees were encouraged to invest in what he said were businesses linked to property development, beauty, used cars and exports, among other things. They recommended 5 years for each count and an additional 10 years. Totalling, 13,275 years. Due to his confession, his sentence was halved to 6,637 years and six months. Under Thailand law, a convicted fraudster can't serve above 20 years. He will be released in 2037.[18]
Darron Bennalford Anderson 1994 11,250 years  United States Greatest amount of jail time given as a result of an appeal. Found guilty of crimes ranging from rape of an elderly woman in Tulsa County, to larceny, robbery and kidnapping, and sentenced to 2,250 years. He appealed, was reconvicted, re-sentenced and received an additional jail term of 9,500 years, later reduced by 500 years.[19][17]
Rigoberto Vazquez Hernandez 2013 7,000 years  United States Perpetrator of a 2013 triple homicide outside of a nightclub in Dallas where he shot three people point blank.[20]
Feanyichi Ezekwesi Uvukansi 2012 7,000 years  United States Perpetrator of 2012 shooting outside a southwest Houston nightclub that left three people dead and two others injured, including rapper Trae tha Truth.[21][22]
Carlos Antonio Carias López 2011 6,060 years  Guatemala Former soldiers sentenced for their roles in the 1982 Dos Erres massacre.[23][24]
Daniel Martínez Martínez
Reyes Collin Gualip
Manuel Pop
Pedro Pimentel Ríos 2012
Franklin Joseph Ransonette 1973 5,005 years  United States Pair of brothers given 5,005 years each in Dallas, Texas for the kidnapping of Amanda Mayhew Dealey, the daughter-in-law of Joe Dealey, the then-President of the Dallas News. The brothers had kept Dealey in an abandoned duplex for 60 hours and released her after her family paid a ransom of $250,000. The brothers were arrested, and the money recovered, just four hours after her release.[25][26][27] Woodrow Ransonette was released on parole in 1999, and Franklin Ransonette died in prison in 2008.[28]
Woodrow Holmes Ransonette
Henri Parot 1990 4,797 years  Spain ETA member found guilty of 26 murders and 166 attempted murders between 1978 and 1990.
James Kevin Pope 2008 4,060 years  United States Sexually assaulted three teenage girls over two years. Convicted of 40 counts of sexual assault and 3 counts of sexual performance of a child. Given 40 sentences of 100 years (40 life terms) for sexual assault and 3 sentences of 20 years for child molestation. This is equivalent to 40 life terms plus 60 years.[29] Currently incarcerated at W.J. Estelle Unit.[30]
Inés del Río Prada 1989 3,828 years  Spain Perpetrator of the Plaza República Dominicana bombing and other attacks by ETA. Released in 2013 after an attempt by the Spanish government to delay her release until 2017 was overruled by the European Court of Human Rights.
Ronnie Shelton 1989 3,195 years  United States Serial rapist known as Cleveland's "West Side Rapist", terrorized Ohioans for over 5 years in the 1980s, amassing 49 counts of rape and 230 criminal charges overall. Parole date was scheduled for 2094. Shelton committed suicide in prison on September 25, 2018.[31]
Terry Eugene Culley 1972 3,000 years  United States Convicted in Dallas of the murder of insurance broker Jean Geron.[32]
Larry D. Kiel 1992 2,501 years  United States Kiel sold "a small amount" of cocaine to an undercover policeman. After his arrest, 86 grams of cocaine, 40 grams of marijuana, and $1,800 was seized from his car. Kiel received 1,000 years for drug trafficking, 1,000 for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, 250 years for failure to have a tax stamp on the drugs, 250 years for maintaining a vehicle for illegal drugs, and 1 year for possession of drug paraphernalia, for a total of 2,501 years.[33] Paroled on June 16, 2009.
Robert Floyd Angle 1971 2,500 years  United States Convicted of the murder of Jack Katz during the robbery of a car parts store in Dallas, Texas.[34]
Francisco Mujika Garmendia 2003 2,442 years  Spain Perpetrator of the 1987 Zaragoza Barracks bombing.
Moses Sithole 1997 2,410 years, minimum 930 years  South Africa Serial killer responsible for most of the so-called "ABC Murders" in Gauteng province, South Africa. Found guilty of 40 counts of rape, 38 counts of murder, and six counts of robbery.
José María Arregi Erostarbe 2003 2,354 years  Spain Perpetrator of the 1987 Zaragoza Barracks bombing.
Antón Troitiño 1989 2,232 years Perpetrator of the Plaza República Dominicana bombing. Released in 2011.
José Luis González González 2012 2,035 years  Mexico Businessman convicted of repeated fraud starting in 2000. Longest sentence ever handed in Mexico.[35]
Billie Glenn Woolsey 1988 2,000 years  United States Broke out of Alfalfa County jail in Oklahoma; Woolsey was being held on kidnap and rape charges, and Whitlock had been sentenced to 10 years for receiving stolen property. The men overpowered an officer and stole his police car, later abandoning the car but taking with them an AR-15 automatic rifle and an M-1 carbine, which they used to steal a pickup truck from an oil-field worker. When they were located two days later, they led police on a 32-mile high-speed chase through Bryan and Marshall Counties, exchanging gunfire with them. Two officers were shot, later making a full recovery, and one more was treated for injuries from broken glass. A Bryan County judge gave them 2,000 years each: 1,000 years for shooting with intent to kill, 500 years for possession of stolen property, and 500 years for running a roadblock. Tried separately in Marshall County, they additionally each received two life sentences and 20 years.[36][37][38][39]
Jackie Dean Whitlock
Thomas Halliday 2013 1,870 years, minimum 935 years  United States Convicted of 234 counts of sexual abuse, creating and possessing child pornography for abusing a teenage girl for four years, filming and photographing the abuse. Parole date scheduled in 2948.[40]
Luis Garavito 1999 1,853 years and 9 days  Colombia Colombian serial killer and rapist convicted of 138 murders.
Lawrence Jacob Stephens 2001 1,823 years  United States For his part in a 2001 Virginia home invasion, Stephens was sentenced to 1,823 years and his co-defendant, Darnell Nolan, was sentenced to 35 years. In December 2021, Stephens was granted a conditional pardon by Governor Ralph Northam and his sentence was commuted. He was released in January 2022 after 20 years in prison, though the details of the pardon are currently unclear.[41][42][43][44][45]
Henri Parot 1994 1,802 years  Spain For his part in the 1987 Zaragoza Barracks bombing.
Christopher Bennett 2003 1,800 years  United States Convicted of killing his stepfather.[46]
Bentura Ruiz Flores 1971 1,800 years  United States Convicted of selling $20 worth of heroin to an undercover narcotics agent in Odessa, Texas.[47][48]
Ronald Yarber 2017 1,652 years[49]  United States Convicted of raping a disabled child over the course of twelve years.[citation needed]
Rene Lopez 2016 1,503 years  United States Convicted of repeatedly raping his daughter over a four-year period. Based on a diary in which she recorded the attacks, corroborated by other evidence, he was convicted of 186 separate assaults. He had rejected 13- and 22-year plea bargain deals, as he maintained his innocence.[50]
Antonio Rodriguez 1970 1,500 years  United States Convicted in June 1970 of selling three capsules of heroin to an undercover cop in Dallas, Texas.[51] Paroled in 1981.[52]
Daryl Lamont Keener 2012 1,266 years  United States Convicted of 17 counts of aggravated robbery, 8 counts of robbery, and 1 count of weapons violation. He was given 17 64 year sentences and 8 24 year sentences totalling 1,256 years. Given another 10 year sentence.[53] Sentenced to 6 years in 2003 for the bank robbery before.
Juan Antonio Olarra Guridi 2007 1,243 years  Spain Perpetrators of the 1995 Vallecas bombing. They were expected to serve a maximum sentence of 30 years. Both to be released in 2037. Goñi will wait til he's nearly 67 years old. Guridi will wait til he's 70 years old.
Ainhoa Múgica Goñi
James Arthur Guye 1971 1,205 years  United States Sentenced for the rape and robbery of a Dallas woman and the murder of another inmate while in prison. Released after 14 years.[52]
Richard Speck 1972 1,200 years, minimum 400 years  United States Mass murderer who systematically tortured, raped, and murdered eight student nurses from South Chicago Community Hospital on July 14, 1966. Sentenced originally to death in the electric chair in 1967, sentence commuted in 1972. Died of a heart attack on December 5, 1991.
César Alfredo Romero Chávez 2022 1,090 years  El Salvador A leader of Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) convicted of 24 counts of aggravated homicide between 2017 and 2018, being sentenced to 20 years for each case.[54][55]
Adnan Oktar 2018 1,075 years  Turkey Sentenced to 1,075 years for crimes including sexual assault, sexual abuse of minors, fraud, and political and military espionage.[56]
Igor Portu 2010 1,040 years  Spain Perpetrators of the 2006 Madrid-Barajas Airport bombing.
Mattin Sarasola
Mikel San Sebastián
Paul Edward Acton Bowen 2019 1,008 years  United States A former youth pastor who plead guilty to multiple child-sex crimes such as sexual abuse, sodomy, enticing a child for sex, and traveling to meet a child for sexual abuse which included 28 counts involving six boys between the ages of 13 and 16.[57]
Lee Robertson 1905 1,001 years  United States A black man convicted in Texas of the attempted assault of Ella Robertson, a white woman.[58][59]
Larry Joe Knox 1970 1,001 years  United States Sentenced in March 1970 for the assault and rape of a 24-year-old telephone company employee.[60] Paroled in 1983.[52]
Allen Brown 1903 1,000 years  United States A black man convicted in Texas of attempted assault. Brown was also given an additional 25 years by a different jury for burglary.[61]
Joseph Franklin Sills 1970 1,000 years  United States Sentenced in February 1970 for the armed robbery of a dry cleaners in Dallas, which netted $73.10.[62][63] Although at the time reported to be "probably the longest" sentence ever handed down in Texas,[64] Lee Robertson's 1905 sentence of 1,001 years was longer. Sills' conviction was upheld on appeal.[65] However, he was released in 1983 after serving 13 years.[52]
Harold Eugene Hill 1970 1,000 years  United States Sentenced in June 1970 in Dallas for rape. The Assistant District Attorney had asked for a sentence of 5,000 years.[66] Ronald Lewis Jones, an accomplice to the crime, was given a life sentence.[67] Hill was paroled in 1983.[52]
Jerry Lee Duffey 1970 1,000 years  United States Convicted of raping an eight-months-pregnant woman and stealing $3 from her purse. Given 500 years for rape and 500 for robbery with a dangerous weapon.[68][69] In 1973, Duffey's sentence was reduced to two life terms.[70]
Herbert Fields 1970 1,000 years  United States Sentenced to 1,000 years each in Oklahoma for first degree rape; sentences upheld in 1972.[71][72] A key witness in the case, Jesse Stewart, died at the time of the sentencing after suffering a broken leg in a motorcycle accident. Stewart had previously told assistant prosecutors that if he testified, he was "a dead man." However, prosecutors believed his death to be a "weird coincidence."[73] Phillips sentence was commuted to 99 years in 1979 and Fields sentence was commuted to 99 years in 1980 by governor David Boren.[74] Fields was released on March 22, 1989.[75] and Phillips was released on January 10, 2013.[76]
Jimmy Phillips
Eddie Ray Byrd 1971 1,000 years  United States Sentenced for beating a grocery store clerk with an iron bar before robbing the store. Byrd was already serving a different 101 year sentence for robbery, and shortly after a separate jury gave him an additional 10 years for assault with intent to rob.[77]
Carl Junior Hackathorn 1971 1,000 years  United States Sentenced for the 1963 murder of Bobbie Jewell Nuttycomb Smith.[78] Hackathorn was originally given the death penalty in 1963, but this was overturned several years later and he was given a new trial, where he was given a term of 1,000 years. The names of the jury members were kept secret after an anonymous telephone caller to the Associated Press threatened to kill the jury members if Hackathorn were not found guilty.[79][80] Hackathorn was paroled in 1976.[81]
Henry J. Bell 1972 1,000 years  United States A 19-year old convicted in Dallas, Texas of the rape of a 12-year-old girl. Prosecutors had asked for 3,000 years.[82]
Solomon James Henry 1972 1,000 years  United States A 19-year-old convicted in Houston, Texas of the rape of an 18-year old university student.[83][84]
William Curtis Griffin 1973 1,000 years  United States Convicted of stealing two credit cards and a penny, which occurred while he was paroled from seven life sentences.[85][86]
Eugene Spencer Jr. 1973 1,000 years  United States For the murder of San Antonio policeman Antonio Canales. Spencer was initially assessed a term of 10,000 years,[87][88] and the New York Times reported him as receiving such a sentence.[89] However, under state law, the judge's assessment was not equivalent to a final sentencing,[90] and the amount of time was lowered to 1,000 years shortly after.[91]
Arthur Franklin 1984 1,000 years  United States Serial rapist convicted alongside Frankie Owens, who was sentenced to 500 years.[92]
Charles DeWayne Butler 1990 1,000 years  United States Sentenced for the kidnapping, rape, assault, and robbery of a 30-year-old woman in Hugo, Texas.[93]
Tommie Dean Henson 1991 1,000 years  United States For raping a 6-year-old girl. Convicted on two counts of rape, two counts of rape by instrumentation, and three counts of forcible sodomy.[94]
Christopher Campano 1994 1,000 years  United States Found guilty of first-degree manslaughter of his wife, Caren Campano, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1992.[95]
William Walter Schermerhorn 1997 1,000 years  United States Convicted of raping a 3-year-old girl. Given 500 years for lewd molestation and 500 years for producing child pornography.[96]
William Wesley Wood 2005 1,000 years  United States Convicted of raping an under 12 year old juvenile girl 10 times. District Attorney Doug Valeska said it is the longest sentence he can remember being handed down during his tenure. Wood had sex with the victim at least 10 times over a three-year period, according to court testimony. The defense argued during the trial that the victim lied and had told the judge at a preliminary hearing that the rapes did not happen. The victim’s mother also took the stand to testify against her daughter. They recommended 99 years for each of the number of times the girl was raped, resulting in a sentence of 990 years.[97] But, according to Alabama Department of Corrections, Wood received an additional 10 years for first-degree sexual abuse. This totals 1,000 years.[citation needed]

Prisoners sentenced to between 500 and 1000 years in prison[edit]

Name Sentence start Sentence term Country Description
Raymond Rodriguez 1972 999 years  United States Convicted of the murder of Lonnie B. Warren. The prosecution had asked the jury for a sentence of 1,000 years, but they returned with one fewer.[98]
Gregory Aaron Gadlin 2013 967 years  United States Convicted on 16 counts of robbery, plus being a felon in possession of a weapon and ammunition.[99]
Shawn Ryan Thomas 2015 915 years  United States Convicted on 59 counts of possession of child pornography.[100] Later sentenced to an additional 30 years after pleading guilty to planning to sexually abuse and murder a 9-year-old girl on camera.
Roy Charles Waller 2020 897 years  United States Convicted of raping nine women.[101]
Joseph Dyre Morse 1966 888 years  United States Janitor imprisoned for the rape and murder of a coed in Colorado University. He proclaimed his innocence until he confessed to the crime in 1980. Died in prison in 2005.[102]
Sholam Weiss 2000 845 years  United States Found guilty of participation in the bankruptcy of the National Heritage Life Insurance Corporation in New York. One time featured in the FBI most wanted list. He appealed for a lesser sentence but was denied.[103][104] On January 19, 2021, his sentence was commuted by President Donald Trump.[105]
David Hall 2015 825 years  United States Convicted of 10 counts of promoting child pornography and 45 counts of possession of child pornography after creating an online blog that traded child pornography. A registered sex offender, he had previously been convicted in 1996 of attempted sexual assault on a 7-year-old child.[106][107]
Samuel Hemphill 1970 800 years  United States A 19-year-old sentenced in Texas for the repeated rape of an 18-year-old girl over the course of several hours.[108] He will be eligible for parole in October 2030.[citation needed]
Domingo Troitiño 1989 794 years  Spain Perpetrators and instigator (Santi Potros) of the 1987 Hipercor bombing.
Josefa Ernaga
Rafael Caride Simón 2003 790 years
Santiago Arróspide Sarasola a.k.a. "Santi Potros"
Richard Smith II 2020 775 years, minimum 205 years  United States West Virginia man convicted of sexually assaulting his infant along with his girlfriend. Found guilty of 11 counts of first-degree sexual abuse, 4 counts of sexual assault and 5 counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in position of trust. Given 25 years for first-degree sexual abuse, 25 years for sexual assault, and 100 years for sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in position of trust. A total of a maximum 775 years as a result.[109]
Juana Barraza 2008 759 years  Mexico Female serial killer dubbed La Mataviejitas ("The Old Lady Killer"). Sentenced to 759 years in jail for killing and robbing sixteen elderly women in Mexico City, although some believe that she might have over 40 fatal victims. She beat and strangled her victims using moves that she had learnt as a professional wrestler (ring name La Dama del Silencio, "The Lady of Silence"). The sentence specifies that she will be paroled in 2058, at age 100.
Darrell Wayne Delp 2014 755 years  United States Found guilty on 50 counts of producing child pornography and 10 counts of aggravated sexual battery.[110][111] That would be 12 years for 50 counts of producing child pornography, and 10 years for 10 counts of aggravated sexual battery.
Mark Anthony Beecham 2012 744 years  United States Given 99 years each for six counts (one of first-degree kidnapping, two counts of first-degree rape and three counts of first-degree sodomy), 20 years for felony first-degree theft of property, and 10 more for felony first-degree bail jumping. Previously sentenced to 120 years for other rapes.[112][113] He will be considered for parole in 2027.[citation needed]
Lonnie James Pebley 2012 736 years  United States Sentenced for shooting at police officers with an AK-47 during a standoff.[114]
Apichart Bowornbancharak 2020 723 years  Thailand Originally sentenced to 1,446 years for defrauding the public. They were arrested after numerous complaints. The Laemgate seafood restaurant had last year begun selling various food vouchers that required customers to pay in advance. One such deal offered a seafood meal at 880 baht (£22; $28) for 10 people - far cheaper than their usual prices. Initially, those who bought the vouchers were able to claim their meals at the restaurant but a long waiting list meant an advance booking of up to several months. But by March, the company announced its closure, claiming that it could not get hold of enough seafood to meet the demand. It offered to refund customers who had bought vouchers. About 375 out of 818 customers who complained got their money back. Bowornbancharak and Bowornbancha were arrested, later convicted, and sentenced to 1,446 years, although their sentences were cut in half due to the guilty plea. It was 723 counts of fraud. They would serve no more than 20 years. Their company, Laemgate Infinite, was also fined 1.8m baht, and the co-owners and the company was ordered to refund 2.5m baht in damages to the victims. They will be released in 2040.[115]
Prapassorn Bowornbancha
Lisa Marie Lesher 2019 723 years  United States Lisa was a mother who raped her daughter and step-daughter. She was found guilty of two counts of first-degree rape, four counts of first-degree sodomy, one count of first-degree sodomy, one count of sexual torture, and one count of first-degree sexual abuse. Her husband Michael was sentenced 285 years shorter than his wife. According to Alabama Department of Corrections, she received 99 years for 4 counts of 1st degree sodomy, 2 counts of 1st degree rape, and sexual torture, 20 years for 2nd degree sodomy, and 10 years for 1st degree sexual abuse.[116]
José Ángel S. S. 2022 c. 700 years  Spain Lawyer and soccer coach nicknamed "the Instagram pedophile", found guilty of sexually abusing minors, recording the abuse, distributing child pornography, and cyber-bullying nearly 100 victims.[117]
Antonio Izquierdo 1994 684 years  Spain Perpetrators of the Puerto Hurraco massacre. Died in prison.
Emilio Izquierdo
Stephen Saccoccia 1993 660 years  United States Convicted of laundering money for a Mexican drug cartel.[118]
Steven Ray Hessler 2022 650 years  United States Convicted of a series of sexual assaults in Shelby County.[119]
Alán Nelson Lozada Garay 2012 617 years, 6 months and 17 days  Mexico Business associate and criminal accomplice of José Luis González González.[35]
Raven Smith 2019 615 years  United States Convicted of sexually abusing five underage girls.[120]
Matthew Tyler Miller 2019 600 years  United States Convicted of sexually exploiting two young children. Charged with 20 counts of enticing two children under the age of 5 to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual production of such conduct, and given 30 years for each count. A search revealed 102 pornographic images that Miller had produced of the children.[121]
Francisco das Chagas Rodrigues de Brito 2003 580 years  Brazil Brazilian serial killer sentenced for homicide, abuse against dead bodies, and concealment of corpses. Suspected of being responsible for the murder of 42 children.[122]
Richard Heeringa 2012 576 years  United States Convicted of 17 counts of sexually assaulting a child. Listed as one of the 15 most wanted list of fugitives of the US Marshalls.[123]
Jose Alfredo Rauda 2019 553 years  United States Convicted of 12 counts of attempted murder on a peace officer, 19 counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer, four counts of assault with a firearm, one count of assault on a police animal, shooting at an occupied vehicle and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.[124]
Joseph Baldino 2014 525 years  United States Convicted of one count of soliciting for sex over the internet, four counts of transmitting child pornography and 100 counts of possession of child pornography. He was sentenced to five years in prison for each of the 105 counts to run consecutively.[125]
Sipho Thwala 1999 506 years  South Africa Serial killer known as "The Phoenix Strangler" or "Canefield Killer".
Juan Carlos Seresi 1991 505 years  United States Convicted of 20 counts of money laundering and 1 count of conspiracy.[126] Juan Carlos Seresi and Vahe Andonian were released in 2020. Nazareth Andonian and Raul Silvio Vivas were released in 2021.
Nazareth Andonian
Vahe Andonian
Raul Silvio Vivas
Frankie Owens 1984 500 years  United States Serial rapist convicted alongside Arthur Franklin, who was sentenced to 1,000 years.[92]
Shane Michael Emory 2014 500 years  United States Filmed himself molesting two young children. Pled guilty to 46 charges, including 24 counts of using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct and 10 counts of first degree sexual abuse.[127]

Prisoners sentenced to between 120 and 499 years in prison[edit]

Name Sentence start Sentence term Country Description
Thomas Justin Bailey 2020 496 years  United States Convicted of 4 counts of first degree sodomy, 3 counts of second degree sodomy, and one count of attempted rape, total of 8 charges. They recommended 99 years for the 4 first degree sodomies, 30 years for the second degree sodomies, and 40 years for one attempted rape.[128]
Charles Hoyt McDonnell 2017 495 years  United States Found guilty on all 11 counts of sexual assault, promoting sexual performance by a child and more than two dozen counts of possession of child pornography.[129]
Ron Adkins 1997 495 years  United States Convicted of 5 counts of burglary. Received 99 years on each count. Currently a preacher and released in May 2015 for displaying good behavior.[130]
Bernard Henry McGinn 1999 490 years  Ireland Provisional IRA member specialized in explosives. Released in 2000 as per the Good Friday Agreement.
Guillermo Ocampo 2009 480 years  United States Convicted of 13 felony counts including four counts of aggravated sexual assault on a child and five counts of lewd acts on a child.[131]
Tyrone Lavono Williams 2021 480 years  United States Habitual sex offender who violated the terms by going near children and raping many of them.[132]
Brock Franklin 2017 472 years  United States The leader of a Colorado sex trafficking ring. Convicted of 2 counts of Human Trafficking Minor, 2 counts of Pimping a Child, 2 counts of Patronizing a Prostituted Child, 3 counts of Soliciting for Child Prostitution, 2 counts of Inducement of Child Prostitution, 2 counts of Pandering of a Child, 2 counts of Procurement of a Child, Sexual Exploitation of a Child-Producing a Performance Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Second Degree Kidnapping, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor-Prostitution, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor-Unlawful Use of Controlled Substance, Distribution of a Schedule 1 or 2 Contributing Substance To a Minor, Human Trafficking Adult, Sexual Assault, 5 counts of Pimping, and Attempt to Commit Pimping. According to Colorado Department of Corrections, he received three 96 year sentences, seventeen 48 year sentences, two 48 years to Life sentences, five 24 year sentences, and two 64 year sentences.[133] He will be paroled on October 21, 2062. He will be 76 years old at that time.
Marc P. O'Leary 2011 468 years 6 months  United States Serial rapist, shown as "Chris McCarthy" in Netflix limited series "Unbelievable";[when?] incorrectly listed in the show as being sentenced to 327.5 years in jail. According to the records of the Colorado Department of Corrections he received three sentences of 48 years to life, one sentence of 32 years to life, eight sentences of 32 years, one sentence of 12 years, two sentences of 4 years, five sentences of 3 years, and one sentence of 18 months all related to case 11CR430.
Robert Hansen 1983 461 years  United States Serial killer who abducted women and hunted them for sport in the forests of Alaska. Died in 2014, aged 75.
Tutuba Mogaba 2019 456 years  Jamaica Also known as Garcia Perez. Pleaded guilty to 114 counts of telemarketing fraud what they call "obtaining money by means of false pretense". Given 4 years for each count.[134]
Donald Duane King 1990 450 years  United States Convicted on eight felonies related to child molestation.[135]
Elias Acevedo, Sr. 2013 445 years  United States Ex-neighbor of Ariel Castro who pled guilty to all 297 counts against him in order to avoid the death penalty. This included two murders from the 1990s, and the rape of three children.[136]
José Antonio Rodríguez Vega 1991 440 years  Spain Serial killer who raped and murdered at least 16 elderly women in Santander, Spain. Murdered by two other inmates in 2002.[137]
Dwayne Whitaker 2014 439 years  United States Convicted in San Francisco on two counts of first-degree burglary, one count of first-degree robbery, one count of attempted robbery, two counts of assault and elder abuse.[138][139]
Mark Goudeau 2011 438 years  United States Serial killer and rapist known as the Baseline Killer, who was active in Phoenix, Arizona. Sentenced to 438 years in prison for the sexual charges alone, and to nine death sentences for his murders.
Michael William Lesher 2019 438 years  United States Michael participated in his wife's rape of their daughter and step-daughter. A jury found him guilty of 2 counts of first-degree rape, 2 counts of first-degree sodomy, 2 counts of first-degree sexual abuse, and 1 count of incest.
Phillip Garrido 2011 431 years  United States Perpetrator of the Kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard. Plead guilty and was sentenced to 431 years, alongside his wife Nancy Garrido, who received 36 years.[140]
Melvin Earl Farmer[141] 2018 423 years  United States Man involved in a string of burglaries and attacks on two women across one week in 2017 in Long Beach. Found guilty one count each of forcible rape, sexual battery by restraint, dissuading a witness from reporting a crime, assault to commit a felony during the commission of a first-degree burglary, criminal threats, second-degree robbery and elder abuse. Farmer was further convicted of three counts each of first-degree residential robbery and first-degree burglary with a person present.
David Wayne Lummus[142] 2020 412 years and 9 months  United States Abused a young boy who called Lummus "Uncle Dave". This included 2 counts of sexual conduct with a minor, child molestation, forgery, fraudulent schemes and artifices, taking identity of another person or entity, and 20 counts of sexual exploit of a minor. According to Arizona Department of Corrections, Lummus received 20 years for 2 counts of sexual conduct of a minor, 17 years for child molestation and 20 counts of sexual exploit of a minor, 10 years for forgery and identity theft, and 15 years for fraudulent schemes and artifices.
Robert Lee Yates 2000 408 years  United States Serial killer who pled guilty to 13 murders in order to avoid the death penalty. Was sentenced to two death penalties the following year for other murders, but they will not be carried out until the earlier sentence is completed. But they commuted to 2 life sentences without parole.
Harvey Carignan 1975 400 years  United States Serial killer known as "The Want-Ad Killer".
Felix Mwape 2020 384 years  Zambia 23 year old taxi driver and serial rapist who attacked women, especially those who operated mobile booths, after which he would rob them and in some instances rape them. Convicted of 7 counts of aggravated robbery, rape, indecent assault and unlawful wounding. They recommended 40 years for the seven aggravated robberies, 15 years for the three rapes, 9 months for assault and theft, and 5 years for unlawfully wounding and theft. Totalling 384 years.[143]
William Gossett 2019 371 years  United States Gossett pleaded guilty in September to 15 assaults that took place between July 4, 2012, and April 10, 2016. In the majority of cases, he would enter the victim's apartment through a window or sliding door, confront his target with a gun or knife, sexually assault the person and then make off with personal items. On two occasions, Gossett attacked his victims just a few feet away from their babies. A task force from the district attorney's special victims unit and the Memphis Police Department's sex crimes unit was assembled to find the perpetrator, and through DNA matching and fingerprints left at the scene they were able to link Gossett to numerous cases. It took multiple years for them to bring the case to court. Investigators said that they had evidence to pursue additional prosecutions but that the victims either could not be located or did not wish to participate in a trial. When Gossett was arrested in 2016, police discovered numerous items belonging to his victims that he kept as trophies, including purses, credit cards, library cards and birth certificates. Other items belonging to the victims were found at area pawnshops. Convicted of 5 counts of aggravated rape, 11 counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of aggravated robbery, four counts of employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony, and one count each of identity theft, attempted aggravated rape, theft of property over $1,000, and theft of property under $500. They recommended 50 years for each count of aggravated rape, 10 years for each count of aggravated burglary, 10 years for each count of employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony, 6 years for identity theft, 25 years for attempted aggravated rape, 3 years for theft of property over $1,000, and 1 year for the theft under $500. Release date scheduled to be in March 25, 2297.[144]
Jerry Alfred Whitworth 1985 365 years  United States Convicted of spying for the Soviet Union.
Orville Lynn Majors 2000 360 years  United States Licensed practice nurse who was convicted as a serial killer of 6 counts of murder. Though the 7th murder count merged.
Antonio Sanchez 1999 360 years  Philippines Former Mayor of Calauan who masterminded the rape and murder of Eileen Sarmenta and the murder of her boyfriend, Allan Gomez.
Larry Nassar 2018 360 years, minimum 131 years  United States Sex offender who abused at least 150 women during his tenure as Team Doctor for USA Gymnastics.
Kirby Anthoney 1987 357 years  United States Murdered a mother and her two underage daughters, after raping the mother and one of the daughters in Anchorage, Alaska. The victims were the wife and daughters of Anthoney's uncle.[145]
Onur Kopçak 2013 334 years, 7 months and 10 days  Turkey Hacker convicted of several charges related to bank and identity fraud.[146]
David Paul Lynch 2018 330 years  United States Convicted of traveling to the Philippines from his home in Florida to sexually abuse children. Release date set for March 15, 2298.[147]
Norman Schmidt 2008 330 years  United States Promised attractive high rates to hundreds of investors, but used the money to cover personal expenses instead of investing it.[103] Found guilty of fraud and money laundering.[148]
Adrian Anthony 2015 318 years  United States Found guilty of two counts of rape, three counts of criminal deviate conduct, attempted criminal deviate conduct, robbery, burglary, three counts of carjacking, and robbery. Charges resulting from a 2013 home invasion in Indiana.[149]
Colin Ferguson 1995 315 years and 8 months+  United States Perpetrator of the 1993 Long Island Rail Road shooting.
Erik Michael Cordova 2019 315 years  United States Sex offender Convicted of lewd acts on children under 14 years old for molesting his four underaged daughters.
Chauncey Price 2017 304 years to Life  United States Human trafficker convicted of Violation of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, trafficking a minor for sexual servitude, human trafficking for sexual servitude, attempt to commit pimping of a child, attempt to commit patronizing a prostituted child, pandering of a child, possession of a forged instrument, possession of a forged device, two counts of pimping, and three counts of forgery. According to Colorado Department of Corrections, he received two sentences of 96 years, one sentence of 64 years, and one sentences of 48 years.[150] He will be paroled on February 8, 2172 when he's 183 years old.
Jesús María Zabarte Arregui 1984 300 years  Spain ETA gunman involved in the September 1982 Rentería attack and other shootings.
Justin Bult 1983 300 years

 United States

Kidnapped and raped a 5 year old girl.[151]
Atdom Patsalis 2015 292 years

 United States

Burglar who burgled about 20 homes from November 2013 to January 2014.[152][153][154]
Roger Abdelmassih 2014 278 years  Brazil Former physician, an expert on human reproduction, and one of the pioneers of in-vitro fertilization in Brazil who was accused of sexually abusing sedated patients. He was convicted of 52 counts of rape and 39 counts of attempted sexual abuse and he was given 278 years. Brazilian law forbids imprisonment to exceed 30 years.
Andrew Franklin Kowalczyk 2019 270 years  United States Convicted of 9 counts of producing child pornography.[155]
Francisco de Assis Pereira 1998 268 years  Brazil Serial killer known as "The Park Maniac" who raped and murdered 11 women in São Paulo.
Daniel Holtzclaw 2016 263 years  United States Police officer sentenced for his role in abusing women while on patrol duty.[156]
Shawn Springler 1996 261 years  United States Accomplice of Paul Jensen. Eligible for parole in 33 years.[157]
Thomas Goodman 2019 260 years  United States Rhode Island man sentenced to 260 years in prison for producing child pornography involving multiple prepubescent children.[158]
Christopher Thomas 1985 250 years  United States Perpetrator of the Palm Sunday massacre.
Michael Pugh 2015 248 years  United States Sentenced for their roles in a 2013 home invasion in Indiana, alongside Adrian Anthony, who received 318 years.[149]
Demetre Brown
Alexander Dupree
Patricio Medina 2018 244 years  United States Raped his then 38-day-old daughter while in a meth-induced haze. Convicted of one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child younger than 6, two counts of injury to a child and two counts of endangering a child. Given 80 years for one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child younger than 6 and two counts of injury to a child, and 2 years for two counts of endangering a child.[159]
Mark Santa Anna 2010 243 years and 8 months  United States Found guilty of one count of murder, two counts of attempted murders, one count of attempted robbery, one count of assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of assault with a firearm, two counts of robbery, one count of home invasion robbery, one count of burglary, and two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon with two prior convictions.[160]
Bobby Bostic 1997 241 years  United States Sentenced for two armed robberies and a brief kidnapping on the same day. Bostic was 16 years old at the time, and has the longest juvenile sentence in Missouri for non-homicide offences.[161]
Jorge Iniestra Salas 2015 241 years  Mexico Kept two teenage girls captive as sex slaves for five years, ultimately murdering one of them.[162]
Eyad Ismoil 1995 240 years  United States Sentenced for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.[163][164]
César Armando Librado Legorreta 2012 240 years  Mexico Serial killer known as El Coqueta, who was convicted of the rape and murder of six women in the Greater Mexico City area.
Jason Kopp 2016 235 years  United States Convicted of 22 Child Pornography related charges.[165]
Byran Uyesugi 2000 235 years  United States Perpetrator of the 1999 Honolulu shootings.
Marcos Willians Herbas Camacho 1999 234 years  Brazil Sentenced for his role in the 2006 São Paulo violence outbreak and for the leadership of the Primeiro Comando da Capital, one of the most powerful criminal organizations in Brazil.[166]
Heriberto Seda 1998 232 years  United States Copycat of the Zodiac Killer.
Tandy Tomlin 2021 225 years  United States Found guilty of 8 counts of rape of a child, 2 counts of aggravated sexual battery, one count of solicitation to commit rape of a child, and one count of solicitation to commit aggravated sexual battery. Originally given 245 years, but appealed one of the eight counts of rape of a child, reducing sentence to 225 years.[167]
David Parker Ray 2001 224 years  United States Serial abductor, rapist and torturer of women active in New Mexico for over forty years. Nicknamed the "Toy-Box Killer" after the name he gave to the homemade torture chamber in his mobile home, but he released all the victims that were proven beyond doubt to be his, after erasing their memory of the attacks with drugs. He was also a suspected serial killer with up to 60 victims. Died in prison in 2002.
Theresa Halsa 1972 220 years  Lebanon Hijacker of Sabena Flight 571.
Ali F. Elmezayen 2019 212 years  United States Father who drowned his sons for insurance money in California. He was found guilty of four counts of mail fraud, four counts of wire fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft, and five counts of money laundering.[168]
Tarkan Yavaş 2018 211 years  Turkey Executive in the organization of Adnan Oktar, who received 1,075 years for various crimes.[56]
Randall Tilton 2021 210 years  United States Convicted of sexually abusing 7 young girls and producing child pornography.[169]
Joel Rifkin 1994 203 years  United States Serial killer known as "Joel the Ripper."
Hélio José Muniz Filho 1997 201 years  Brazil Vigilante who admitted to killing 60 to 65 people.
Howard Christensen 1937 200 years  United States Sentenced to life without parole for the murder of a teacher in 1937, when he was 16, along with a 17-year-old accomplice who hanged himself in prison in 1943. His sentence was commuted to 200 years in the mid-1970s. Died in 2003, aged 82.[102]
José Javier Zabaleta Elosegi 1988 200 years  Spain Perpetrator of the 1980 Zarautz attack.
Velupillai Prabhakaran 2002 200 years  Sri Lanka Leader of the Tamil Tigers sentenced in absentia for planning the truck bombing on the Central Bank of Sri Lanka that killed 91 people and injured 300 in 1996.[170][171] Was killed in action against the Sri Lankan army in 2009.
Morton Berger 2003 200 years  United States He was convicted in 2003 of 20 counts of second-degree dangerous crime against children in Arizona for possessing 20 pornographic images of children. He was sentenced for 10 years for each count, served consecutively. The Arizona Supreme Court upheld his sentence, and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal. The sentence also prohibits probation, parole, pardon or executive clemency.[citation needed]
Mikeal Shane Pruett 2015 200 years, minimum 50 years  United States Raped and impregnated his own granddaughter.[172]
Jared Chance 2019 200 years  United States Convicted of the second-degree murder and mutilation of Ashley Young in November 2018.[173]
Jeffrey Esposito 2020 200 years  United States Convicted of 20 counts of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of possession of child pornography.[174]
Paul Jensen 2016 200 years  United States Shot and killed a taxi driver in Fort Pierre. Originally sentenced to Life without parole for that crime in 1996.[175]
Simon Nelson 1978 200 years  United States Convicted of murdering his six children, aged 13, 11, 8, 7, 5, and 3. He used a knife and rubber mallet to kill the children as they slept on January 7, 1978, in Rockford, Illinois. He then drove to Milwaukee to beat his wife, who was seeking a divorce at the time.
Evan Ramsey 1998 198 years  United States Perpetrator of the Bethel Regional High School shooting. Found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of first-degree attempted murder, and fifteen counts of third-degree assault. Initially sentenced to 210 years, which was reduced to 198 on appeal.[176]
Richard Cottingham 1981 197 years, minimum 173 years  United States Serial killer who dismembered women in New York. Nicknamed "the Torso Killer"
Carlos García Juliá 1979 193 years  Spain Main perpetrators of the Atocha massacre. García Juliá was granted parole in 1991, which he promptly broke, and fled to South America. He was imprisoned for drug trafficking in Bolivia in 1996. In 2000 he was sentenced in absentia to an additional 3,855 days in prison in Spain for breaking parole. Fernández Cerrá was paroled in 1992.[177]
José Fernández Cerrá
Perry Armstrong[178] 2019 192 years  United States Someone found the girl walking on Northern Avenue after she escaped a home in 2017. She reportedly told police Armstrong smashed her fingers with a hammer, hit her legs with a baseball bat, had a dog attack her and made her sleep on the floor. The description of abuse in the arrest papers also includes starving her and beatings. Perry was convicted of five counts of child abuse causing serious bodily injury, nine counts of misdemeanor child abuse and multiple assault charges.[citation needed]
Diana Franklin 2015 190 years  United States Convicted of physically abusing her adopted daughter.[179]
Barry Loukaitis 1996 189 years  United States Perpetrator of the Frontier Middle School shooting. Convicted of two counts of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree murder, one count of first-degree attempted murder, and 16 counts of aggravated kidnapping. He was initially sentenced to serve two life sentences and an additional 205 years without the possibility of parole. In 2017, he was resentenced to 189 years.[180]
Oktar Babuna 2018 186 years  Turkey Executive in the organization of Adnan Oktar, who received 1,075 years for various crimes.[56]
Francisco Antonio García López 1968 185 years  Puerto Rico Known as "Toño Bicicleta" ("Tony Bicycle"). Original sentence for murdering his wife with a machete. His numerous escapes and later murders made his life part of Puerto Rican folklore. Killed while resisting arrest in 1995.
Paulo Sérgio Guimarães da Silva 2002 184 years and 10 months  Brazil Serial killer known as "The Cassino Maniac".
James Timothy McCarthy 2012 182 years+  United States Convicted of numerous acts of child sexual abuse, including continuous sexual abuse of one child. Sentenced to 32 years in prison followed by 150 to life.[181]
Silvia Meraz 2012 180 years  Mexico Serial killer and sect leader who was convicted of three murders which took place between 2009 and 2012 in Nacozari, Sonora. Three people were murdered as human sacrifices to Santa Muerte.
Greg Stephen 2019 180 years  United States Former youth basketball coach of the Iowa Barnstormers. Found guilty of five counts of sexual exploitation of minors, one count of possessing child pornography, and one count of transporting child pornography. He is thought to have had at least 440 victims.[182]
Fernando Silva Sande 2011 178 years  Spain GRAPO member convicted of four murders in three trials, including the killing of two security guards during the robbery of an armored car in Vigo in 2000.
Valentin Vivero[183] 2017 176 years and 8 months to Life  United States Member of the Triple Six Gangsters convicted of Murder in the First Degree, four counts of Premeditated Attempted Murder and Shooting at an Occupied Dwelling in March.
Dennis Rader 2005 175 years  United States Dennis Lynn Rader is an American serial killer known as BTK or the BTK Strangler or the BTK Killer. Between 1974 and 1991, Rader killed ten people in Wichita and Park City, Kansas, and sent taunting letters to police and newspapers describing the details of his crimes.[184]
Ronald Sanford 1989 170 years  United States Sentenced at the age of 15 for the crimes he has committed at age 13. Convicted of 2 counts of murder, robbery, and burglary. They recommended 50 years for murder and robbery and 20 years for burglary. The other count of robbery, 2 counts of confinement, and 2 counts of felony murder dropped.[185]
Fanuel Makamu 2000 165 years  South Africa Robber, rapist, and serial killer known as "The Mpumalanga Serial Rapist".
Leonard Earl Bales 2017 164 years  United States Sentenced for sexually assaulting and attempting to kill a woman in the Antelope Valley in 2015.[186]
Quartavious Davis 2014 162 years  United States Davis and 5 others violated the right to bear arms with an array of firearms, terrorized a range of South Florida businesses to include a pizzeria, gas station, drugstore, auto parts store, barber shop, a fast food restaurant, and a jewelry store. Convicted of 16 out of 17 charges to include racketeering, conspiracy to interfere with the interstate commerce under Hobbs Act through robbery, 7 counts of armed interfering with the interstate commerce under Hobbs Act through robbery, and 7 counts of possession of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. He received 6 sentences of 25 years, 1 sentence of 7 years and 5 years.
Keith O. Wood 2008 160 years  United States Home invader who raped five women in Pittsburgh between 2000 and 2001.[103][104]
Khalil Wheeler-Weaver 2019 160 years  United States Orange resident and serial killer linked to the murders of Robin Daphne Michele West, Sarah Butler, and Joanne Browne.
Ryan Stone 2015 160 years  United States Carjacked several people, nearly killing a Colorado State Trooper while speeding down a highway. Sentenced for attempted murder among other charges.[187] According to Colorado Department of Corrections, he received 2 sentences of 12 years, 1 sentence of 64 years, 7 sentences of 24 years, 1 sentence of 48 years, 2 sentences of 1 year, and 4 sentences of 90 days.
Oscar Lopez 2018 151 years to life  United States Sentenced for his role in the 2014 gang-related death of a 20-year-old Montclair man.[188]
Nathaniel White 1993 150 years  United States Serial killer who beat and stabbed six women to death while he was on parole for another crime.
Bernard Madoff 2009 150 years  United States Admitted defrauding thousands of investors in a Ponzi scheme which had been running since the early 1990s.[189] Died in prison in 2021.
Rafael Angel Rondon 2007 149 years  United States Convicted of robbing six banks in Florida.[190]
Richard Allen Minsky 2001 146 years  United States Used car salesman charged with over 80 counts including rape, assault, battery, extortion, grand theft, larceny, lewd and lascivious behavior, oral copulation, sexual assault, sexual battery, sodomy, and prison escape. Also committed scams in California, Florida (where he was arrested after being featured in America's Most Wanted), Georgia, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.
Alfredo Galán 2005 142 years and 3 months  Spain Serial killer who murdered six people and wounded three in Madrid. Called "the Deck of Cards Killer" because he would leave a playing card at each scene as his signature.
Christopher Mhlengwa Zikode 1997 140 years  South Africa Serial killer known as "The Donnybrook Serial Killer".
Robert George Irwin 1938 139 years  United States Artist-sculptor who killed three people over Easter weekend in 1937. Died in 1975.
Velaphi Ndlangamandla 1998 137 years  South Africa Serial killer known as "The Saloon killer". After stealing a .22 Anschütz rifle, colloquially called a "saloon", Ndlangamandla went on a five-month rampage that left 19 people dead. A police task team, headed by Police Superintendent Izak van Zyl, arrested Ndlangamandla at the Phoswa village near Piet Retief on September 10, 1998. He was convicted of 19 counts of murder, 9 counts of attempted murder, 6 counts of robbery, one count of attempted robbery, 5 counts of housebreaking, one count of indecent assault, one count of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, and one count of pointing a firearm.
Gonzalo Rodríguez Cordero 1995 136 years  Spain Perpetrators of the Mutxamel bombing.
José Gabriel Zabala Erasun
Dwight York 2004 135 years  United States Leader of the Nuwaubian Nation. Convicted of child molestation and financial crimes.[191][192]
Nathaniel Bar-Jonah 1999 130 years without parole  United States Short order cook convicted of abducting, raping and torturing three children, but believed to have committed many more crimes going back to the 1970s. While searching his home, police found a human boy's bone, an African-American male's hair in a meat grinder, and a handwritten cooking book with cannibalistic recipes such as "little boy pot pie", "french fried kid" and "roasted child". Died in prison in 2008.
Cristina Soledad Sánchez Esquivel 2010 130 years  Mexico Serial killer known as La Matataxistas.
Pedro Rodrigues Filho 2003 128 years  Brazil Vigilante who claims to have killed 100 criminals, including his own father and 43 other prison inmates. Further sentences added his total count to 400 years, but he was released in 2007 as he had completed the maximum 30 years in prison allowed under Brazilian law.
Joan Vila Dilmé 2014 127 years and 6 months  Spain Nursing home watchman who poisoned 11 elderly patients between 2009 and 2010.
Emeregildo Roman 2007 126 years  United States Convicted of robbing six banks in Florida.[193]
Colton Simpson 2007 126 years  United States Member of the Crips convicted of robbery, burglary and grand theft, sentenced under California's three-strikes law. Parole date scheduled in 2026.
Luis Oscar Jiménez Herrera 2018 123 years  Mexico Serial killer known as "The Tinaco Killer".
Marco Antonio Sián Chávez 2014 122 years  Guatemala Member of Mara Salvatrucha. Eighty-seven other gang members were given shorter sentences in the same trial.[194]
Andrés Ulises Castillo Villarreal 2017 120 years  Mexico Serial killer known as "The Chihuahua Ripper" and "The Urban Development Ripper".
Lawrence Davis 2018 120 years  United States Lawrence Davis sexually abused a family member over the course of about 12 years. According to court documents, the abuse started when the girl was 5 or 6 years old and it continued until the victim was about 17 years old. Davis was sentenced to 120 years on May 11, 40 years each for 3 level 1 felonies. He was convicted of 17 out of the 18 counts of child molesting and pornography. 14 counts were incomplete. 7 days later, he was convicted of other felony counts totalling an additional 2½ years on a pornography charge.[citation needed]
Keith Raniere 2020 120 years  United States Leader of NXIVM sex cult.
William Eric Davis 1990 120 years  United States William Eric Davis was charged with the murder of four persons in a head-on collision. Davis ran over 4 people with his vehicle and charged with 4 counts of felony murder. The cases were consolidated for trial, the jury found Davis guilty on all 4 counts as charged in the indictments, and the prosecutors recommended 30 years for each person killed in a collision.[195] According to Alabama Department of Corrections, he received 4 consecutive 30 year sentences and his release date is for November 11, 2110.

False claims[edit]

Name Sentence start Sentence term Country Description
Gabriel March Granados 1972 384,912 years  Spain March, a 22-year-old mailman in Palma de Mallorca, has occasionally been mentioned (sometimes erroneously as "Granados" or "Grandos") as the person sentenced to the longest prison term ever. He failed to deliver 42,784 letters, opening 35,718 of them and stealing their contents for value of 50,000 euro (2010 value). In consequence, March was charged with thousands of counts of fraud, wrongful appropriation of documents (one per undelivered letter) and theft, resulting in an unprecedented request of 384,912 years in prison and a 19-million-euro (2010 value) fine by the prosecutor. The actual sentence imposed was 14 years and 2 months in prison and a fine of 9,000 pesetas.[196][197]
Anders Breivik 2012 1,617 years  Norway Breivik, a convicted domestic terrorist who committed the 2011 Norway attacks. He was found guilty of mass murder of 77 people. This could extend 21 years on each person murdered, totalling 1,617 years. However, the sentence was 21 years instead with the minimum of 10 years. Although several European countries still authorize life sentences without the possibility of parole, many do not.[198]

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