Lee Murray & Paul Allen (courtesy of The Sun)
“Lightning” Lee Murray will be held down for an additional 15 years as the one-time UFC fighter had his sentence increased from 10 to 25 years by a Moroccan court on Tuesday.
The sentencing comes courtesy of BBC News who first reported the update on his sentence.
Murray was accused and convicted of being a part of the British-led gang that kidnapped a bank depot manager and his family, and then proceeded to rob over $92 million dollars before being captured.
The heist was the largest in England’s history. Following the caper, Murray fled to Morocco, where he was given sanctuary due to his father’s Moroccan heritage. It didn’t stop the British from pursuing the case however and after being sentenced to 10 years originally, prosecutors continued to seek heavier charges. On Tuesday, they got them.
Murray will now spend and additional 15 years in prison, bringing his total sentence to 25 years for his part in the robbery. Several other members of the gang were convicted of sentences ranging from 15 to 30 years for their part in the 2006 robbery.
The former UFC middleweight’s appeal about the length of the sentencing was dismissed on Tuesday as well. If he serves the full 25-year sentence, Murray would be 58 years of age when he’s released from the Moroccan jail.