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LIST: The 10 Longest Prison Sentences in the World

Ever wondered what are the longest prison sentences ever given? Here is a look at the criminals that have been jailed for several lifetimes and thousands of years. brings you an exclusive gallery of the 10 longest prison sentences in the world.

We reveal the murderers, rapists and terrorists who judges deemed necessary to lock away for lifetimes, some of whom were given sentences of more than 100,000 years.

10. Rene Lopez, US – 1,503 years

In 2016 Lopez was found guilty of 186 counts of sexual assault after repeatedly raping his teenage daughter over a five-year period.

Jurors heard how Lopez attacked the girl two or three times a week and at one point got her pregnant.

He turned down two plea deals which would have given him up to 22 years in prison, and was eventually given the mammoth sentence after refusing to admit guilt.

9. Bobbie Joe Long, US – 28 life sentences, 99 years and the death sentence

Long is a prolific serial killer who was found guilty of raping more than 50 women and killing at least 25, although he has indicated that there may be more victims.

It was revealed that the Florida-born monster was born intersex, with an extra X chromosome which caused him to grow breasts during puberty. He also had a dysfunctional relationship with his mother and shared a bed with her until he was a teenager. It is thought that these traumas triggered his horrific crimes.

PH Billy Joe Godfrey was given 35 life sentences

8. Billy Joe Godfrey, US – 35 life sentences

In 2015 Godfrey was found guilty of 35 counts of forced sodomy after his adult stepson came forward and revealed that he had been abused between the ages of three and 10 years old.

An investigation found that he also abused an unnamed girl at the same time. Godfrey was sentenced to 35 life sentences to be served consecutively, the equivalent of 1050 years.

7. James Eagan Holmes, US – 12 life sentences and 3,318 years

In 2013 Holmes opened fire in a Colorado cinema during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises, killing two and injuring at least 70 others. He also booby-trapped his apartment with explosives were defused by a bomb squad.

The shooting was the deadliest in US history until the Orlando nightclub shooting earlier this year. Holmes was sentenced to 12 consecutive life sentences – one for each life taken, and 3,318 years without parole.

REUTERS James Eagan Holmes was responsible for the Colorado cinema shooting

6. Martin Bryant, Australia – 35 life sentences and 1,035 years

Bryant shot 35 people and wounded another 23 in the 1996 Port Arthur Massacre, after being inspired by the Dunblane massacre in Scotland.

Although he was found to have severe intellectual disabilities, he was judged fit to stand trial and given 1,035 years without parole in addition to a life sentence for every count of murder.

The massacre led to stricter gun controls being introduced in Australia.

5. Dudley Wayne Kyzer, US – 10,000 years and three life sentences

On Halloween 1976, Kyzer walked into his estranged wife’s home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and shot her, her mother and a college student who was visiting.


After just one hour of deliberation, the jury found Kyzer guilty and he was sentenced to 10,000 years imprisonment plus a life sentence for each of the murders.

He has been eligible for parole since 1991 but has been denied 10 times.

PH Allan Wayne McLaurin was sentenced to 21,000 years

4. Allan Wayne McLaurin and Darron Bennalford Anderson, US – 21,000 years and 11,000 years

Two Oklahoma men were arrested after they repeatedly raped and sodomised a newlywed woman in a prolonged attack that lasted for several hours.

In 1993, they were handed a combined 6,475 years in prison. But three years later they appealed against the ruling after it emerged that the trial judge wrongly instructed the jury that a defendant is “presumed not guilty” rather than “presumed innocent.”

A second trial in 1996 gave them much harsher sentences. McLaurin received 2,000 years on each of four counts of rape, 2,000 years on each of four counts of forcible sodomy, 1,750 years for kidnapping, 1,500 years for assault with a dangerous weapon, and 500 years each on two counts of robbery and single counts of larceny and burglary.

Anderson received 2,000 years on each of two counts of rape, 2,000 years on each of two counts of forcible sodomy, 1,750 years for assault with a dangerous weapon, and 500 years each on single counts of burglary, robbery and larceny.

GETTY / REUTERS Jamal Zougam (top) and James Eagan Holmes are among the 10 prisoners with the longest ever sentences

3. Charles Scott Robinson, US – 30,000 years

In 1994, Oklahoma child rapist Charles Scott Robinson was given the longest sentence in US history. After he was convicted of sexually assaulting six children, jurors recommended that he be sentenced to 5,000 years per victim to be served consecutively.

Robinson’s first opportunity for parole will come when he turns 108 years old.

GETTY Otman el-Gnaoui was sentenced to 42,924 years for the Madrid train bombings

2. Otman el-Gnaoui, Jamal Zougam and Emilio Suarez Trashorras, Spain – 42,924 years

Three terrorists were given hefty sentences for plotting the 2004 Madrid train bombings which killed 191 people and injured around 2,000.

Zougam, the mastermind, was sentenced to 42,922 years while el-Gnaoui was given two years more.

Trashorras, who supplied the bombers with dynamite, was given a slightly lesser sentence of 34,715 years.

Under Spanish law, the maximum any of the men can serve is 40 years.

1. Chamoy Thipyaso, Thailand – 141,078 years

The longest ever prison sentence was given to Chamoy Thipyaso, a Thai woman who defrauded 16,000 people in a pyramid scheme which netted her more than $200 million.

In 1989, a judge sentenced her to an astonishing 141,078 years for corporate fraud. Thai law at the time stated that the maximum that could be served for fraud was 20 years, and Thipyaso was only imprisoned for eight years before she was released.


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