Lee Murray's Sentence Increased to 25 Years in Moroccan Prison

Is that Lee Murray caught by the bank's security cameras?

Former UFC middleweight Lee Murray, who's been in a Moroccan prison on a variety of charges related to the biggest cash robbery in UK history, has had 15 years added to his original 10 year sentence. 

MMA fans will remember Murray best for losing a decision to Anderson Silva in 2004 at Cage Rage 8. He also beat Jorge Rivera at UFC 46 and infamously claimed to have KTFO'd Tito Ortiz in a London street brawl. 

Due to having a Moroccan father, Murray couldn't be extradited to the UK.

The BBC gives some details on the heist:

The Securitas gang kidnapped depot manager Colin Dixon, his wife Lynn and their young child and held them hostage while they robbed the premises in Tonbridge.

Heavily-armed robbers trussed up 14 terrified employees with cable ties and threatened to kill them if they disobeyed orders.

Five men were convicted of kidnap, robbery and firearms charges in 2008.

The Guardian UK has more info on Murray's escape to Morocco and eventual capture:

In June last year, Moroccan authorities refused to extradite Murray, originally from Sidcup, south-east London, after establishing his Moroccan nationality.

In October, an accomplice, Paul Allen, was jailed for 18 years for his part in the robbery. Allen, from Chatham, Kent, admitted charges of conspiracy to rob, kidnap and possession of firearms.

After the robbery, Allen fled to Morocco with Murray and the pair enjoyed a cocaine-fuelled party lifestyle. Both men were seized by Moroccan authorities months later.

Jake Rossen sums up the meaning of it all:

This must be demoralizing to those who perceive Murray as a kind of romanticized figure who nearly got away with it. (Running off with millions is a nice idea, but the practicality of it -- threats and guns -- tends to take the shine off.)

ESPN's E:60 did a whole episode on Murray.

ESPN Magazine did a major feature on Murray in 2008.

HT BE reader Keren.

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