“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.