Former UFC Fighter Lee Murray's Bank Heist Sentence Increased to 25 Years

Former UFC fighter Lee Murray, who was convicted of masterminding the biggest non-wartime cash heist in history, has had his prison sentence increased from 10 years to 25, according to BBC News.

On February 22, 2006, Murray and a group of others broke into a Securitas cash depot in Tonbridge, Kent and escaped with the U.S. equivalent of $92.5 million in cash. A series of arrests soon followed and the British-born Murray was named as the mastermind of the crime.

Murray fled to Morocco, where he was arrested four months later on unrelated charges. UK authorities attempted to extradite Murray, who claimed Moroccan national status under the country's laws. A subsequent hearing determined him to be a Moroccan national, and the country refused to extradite him but promised to try him under its own laws.

In June, Murray was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the crime, during which the robbers caged 14 depot employees and threatened to kill them if they did not follow orders.

According to BBC News, at a Tuesday hearing in Rabat, Murray's sentence was increased after UK officials argued that the original term was too lenient. Murray's appeal was dismissed.

Murray, who turned 33 on Nov. 12, went 8-2-1 in his pro MMA career, most notably fighting Anderson Silva to a unanimous decision loss in his final fight. In his one UFC outing, he defeated Jorge Rivera via triangle/armbar at UFC 46. Away from his fighting career though, Murray often found himself in trouble. According to records and stories, the colorful character's exploits include a street fight with Tito Ortiz, surviving a stabbing on his birthday and attempting to break out of jail. A Sports Illustrated article on the bank heist and Murray's life was optioned for a movie in 2008, though the project seems to currently be in limbo.

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