Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

It's time for another Tuesday Turnip wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up."

Today I typed in "longest prison sentence" unearthing the following:

  • Marking the longest sentence ever handed out in a federal environmental crimes case, a Florida man today was sentenced to 13 years in prison for intentionally dumping toxic waste into Tampa's sewer system and waterways, the Justice Department announced.
  • Former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham began his first day in prison after being sentenced to eight years and four months for taking $2.4 million in homes, yachts and other bribes in a corruption scheme unmatched in the annals of Congress. Cunningham's sentence Friday was described by attorneys for both sides as the longest prison sentence ever given to a member of Congress.
  • The largest custodial sentence ever to be imposed by a UK court for games piracy was handed down by Cardiff Crown Court yesterday, with a man being sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment for a counterfeiting offence. South Wales man John Lamb (45) of Llanharan, near Bridgend, pleaded guilty to 30 counts of trademark and video recording offences, covering games, films and business software

And then from trivia-library.com, we get these, which may or may not be accurate:

  • "The longest recorded prison sentences were ones of 7,109 years, awarded to 2 confidence tricksters in Iran (formerly Persia) on June 15, 1969. The duration of sentences are [sic] proportional to the amount of the defalcations involved. A sentence of 384,912 years was demanded at the prosecution of Gabriel March Grandos, 22, at Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on March 11, 1972, for failing to deliver 42,768 letters.
  • "Richard Honeck was sentenced to life imprisonment in the U.S. in 1899, after having murdered his former schoolteacher. It was reported in November, 1963, that Honeck, then aged 84, who was in Menard Penitentiary, Chester, III., was due to be paroled after 64 years in prison, during which time he had received one letter (a 4-line note from his brother in 1904) and 2 visitors, a friend in 1904 and a newspaper reporter in 1963. He was released on December 20, 1963.
  • "Juan Corona, a Mexican-American, was sentenced to 25 consecutive life terms for murdering 25 migrant farm workers he had hired, killed, and buried in 1970-1971 near Feather River, Yuba City, Calif., on February 5, 1973, at Fairfield, Calif."