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Lee Murray sentenced to 10 years in Moroccan prison

Lee Murray

“Lighting” Lee Murray was sentenced to ten years in a Moroccan prison for his role in the largest bank heist in British history where an astounding 29 million dollars (American) was taken from a Securitas Depot in February of 2006.

Murray was arrested in June of 2006 at a shopping center in the Souissi district. Murray was in Morocco to avoid capture from British authorities for his role in the robbery, and extradition from Morocco to the UK would take quite awhile due to there being no treaty between Morocco and the UK.

In 2009, Murray attempted to escape from prison by cutting the iron bars of his window with small saws. Murray had starved himself in-order to get through the bars, and the saw were only discovered after a fellow cellmate entered the cell to steal from Murray’s cell.

Murray had gone 9-2-1 in his career, with his most notable fight coming in 2004 when he fought and lost to future UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva – a decision loss in the Cage Rage promotion.

Murray also fought once in the UFC, defeating Jorge Rivera by a triangle choke/armbar at UFC 46, along with allegedly knocking out Tito Ortiz in a street fight after UFC 38. A film about Murray was announced in 2008, but nothing has come of that announcement.

  • nothing_shank says:

    What a waste of a decent career. I loved his fight with jorge(still watch it on dvd periodically). Guess the potential for $29000000 outweighs the chance at bringing home solid paychecks from UFC when they were really starting to make a name for themselves as a marketable fight org. What a shame!


    DAMN!!-This guy had phenomenal speed and power combined-too bad he will miss his prime years in the sport of MMA

  • hindsightufuk says:

    yep, gutted for Lee, i met him for the first time at UFC 38, funny guy. fuck a film someone needs to write a book of his exploits

  • Guthookd says:

    I look forward to his escape.

  • Rece Rock says:

    This portion of his life is def. worthy of a film / Book…

    What I don’t get is if the guy just faced the music and cooperated he’d be 3 or 4 years into his sentence already and probably close to parole… it’s not like they were going to sentence him to Death or something… dunno guess it’s easy for me to have 20/20 hind sight.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Hey Guthooked lately your one liners have been world class. Good stuff.

  • cocoonofhorror says:

    he sucked and now he is in jail working on his diameter. NEXT!

  • MCM says:

    Did they ever recover the money? If not, he’s got several million reasons to try to escape and stay on the run.

  • Angry Mike says:

    If the bank heist was in Britian, why’s he doing 10 years in Morocco? Somebody hoping to force him to buy his way out?

  • Dufresne says:

    Something tells me that if this trial had been held in Britain he would be getting more than 10 years. Makes me wonder if this isn’t just Morraco’s way of getting the UK off their back about this guy.

  • nothing_shank says:

    Angry mike, he’s in morrocco because there aren’t any treaties between the UK and morrocco that allow for him to be extradited. Because of that the UK gave them power to prosecute him where he was residing. Keeps both parties free from any legal loopholes that would allow him to walk free.

  • ghpink says:

    Now he can take his time over the next 10 years and teach all the convicts Mixed Martial Arts. So all the convicts not only lift weights and are strong, but can kick some martial arts ass!

    Him and Crazy Horse are doing well training convicts for future altercations!


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