MMAFighting is reporting through BBC News that former Mixed Martial Artist Lee Murray has been sentenced to 10 years in Moroccan jail for his role in the United Kingdom’s largest-ever bank heist, the Securitas depot robbery.
Late in the evening on February 21, 2006 in Tonbridge, Kent, Murray and several of his cohorts abducted Securitas Cash Management Ltd depot manager Colin Dixon and his family and held them at a farm in nearby Staplehurst. Murray and his crew transported Dixon and his family to the Securitas depot where they would go on to bound at gunpoint some fourteen other staff members and eventually make off with £53,116,760 or about $92.5 million in US currency.
Murray, who holds dual-citizenship between the UK and Morocco, was eventually arrested in Morocco in a British-Moroccan joint operation. However, due to the absence of an extradition agreement between the UK and Morocco and the levying of new, drug-related charges against Murray by Moroccan authorities the extradition sought by British authorities was expected to take quite some time. Despite being briefly released on the grounds of being a Moroccan citizen, Murray was eventually re-arrested and tried for his role in the crime whereupon he was found guilty and sentenced to serve ten years in Moroccan jail.
“Lightning” Lee Murray had a solid MMA record of 8-2-1 with notable wins over Jorge Rivera and Jose Landi-Jons. He also was known for his predilection for getting into trouble in the street and was widely rumored to have knocked out former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz in a street fight in the UK. He last competed at Cage Rage 8: Knight of the Octagon where he lost a unanimous decision to current UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.