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Lee Murray’s Prison Sentence Increased from 10 to 25 Years

("I think it’s cool, but do you think the judge will find it as ironic as we do, Lee?")

It looks like Lee Murray will be behind bars longer than he thought.

According to a BBC report, the former UFC fighter who was named as the mastermind behind the 2006 $85 million (USD) Securitas heist in London had 15 years tacked onto his 10 year sentence today following a brief hearing in Rabat, Morocco where he has been held since being arrested in the North African country for importing drugs, whereupon authorities discovered he was wanted in connection to the UK robbery.

Murray fled England with right hand man and fellow MMA fighter, Paul Allen who was sentenced to 18 years in jail two years after being extradited back to London in 2007 when the pair were arrested outside of a mall in Morocco.

"Lightning" managed to avoid extradition because his father was a Moroccan national, but he couldn’t avoid the stiffer jail sentence he was handed down today.

In 2009 an escape plot by Murray was thwarted when a fellow inmate informed authorities that the British born fighter had a laptop with Internet access hidden in his cell. When prison authorities searched his cell they discovered a number of hacksaw blades and ascertained that Murray, who had been starving himself in an attempt to drop weight so he could squeeze through a narrow opening was attempting to escape by removing a few bars from the window.

Today’s hearing was an appeal, which means that the sentence will likely be upheld unless Murray’s attorney’s can come up with an apt reason to launch a second appeal. 

Murray has already served more than three years and may have been eligible for early release if the Moroccan courts saw fit to let him out before his decade long sentence was up, but he will likely be behind bars for at least 15 more years.

He may want to think long and hard about appealing the sentence considering one of his alleged henchmen in the robbery who was originally sentenced to a minimum 15 years in prison in London with no maximum prescribed appealed his sentence last week and instead was given a set 30-year sentence.

Approximately $53 million of the stolen money has yet to be recovered and is rumored to be hidden by Murray’s relatives in Morocco.

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Dagnut- December 1, 2010 at 1:32 am
@ KarmaAteMyCat because he's a geezer, that's what he does, that's what he's always done, if he got out that's what he'll do again.
KarmaAteMyCat- November 30, 2010 at 7:12 pm
The real part I DON'T get, is he had 50Million and Decided to smuggle drugs? That douche bag was home free and good as gold. Fuck good behavior he's a straight adrenaline junkie.
WalksInTheDarkness- November 30, 2010 at 5:44 pm
Nice to know that Murray can still make the weight cut
PERPATRAITOR- November 30, 2010 at 4:33 pm
CZ for comment of the week! Lol!
Get Off Me- November 30, 2010 at 4:25 pm
Yeah, chin up Evan Dunham.
El Guapo- November 30, 2010 at 4:12 pm
"Snitches get stitches, bitches"

Or in this case, a used laptop.
CZ- November 30, 2010 at 4:10 pm
And you thought Jason Brilz and Lyoto Machida were bummed when it went to the judge's scorecard
Get Off Me- November 30, 2010 at 4:01 pm
The ESPN films on Lee Murray got the ball rollin nicely...Guy Ritchie is a good call.
This dude was actually a kinda fighter that would have never even let Bisping out of England, he would have been the face of MMA from the other side of the pond.
The Irony, Lee is making more money rotting inside a cage than fighting in one.
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- November 30, 2010 at 3:59 pm
could of been out in under 10 years with good behavior, i dont get people sometimes.
Meaot- November 30, 2010 at 3:53 pm
Good to see that Anderson Silva's nonchalant badass facial expressions haven't changed any in the intervening years.
Mike Russell- November 30, 2010 at 3:50 pm
I talked to someone last week who told me the script is being worked on as we speak.
agentsmith- November 30, 2010 at 3:48 pm
Guy Ritchie better start working on the film adaptation of Murray's story soon, before Jason Statham gets too old.