The Longest Prison Sentence Ever Requested

Millennia-long sentences are not a uniquely American trend. The longest sentence ever asked for seems to have been leveled at a man from the Spanish island of Majorca in 1972. Gabriel March Granados had been a postman in the island’s capital city, Palma, but at some point decided he just wasn’t interested in delivering the mail anymore. Granados failed to deliver 42,768 letters — an impressive number considering he was only 22. He opted instead to open the mail and pocket any valuables. Prosecutors wanted to have him serve nine years for each undelivered letter, amounting to a staggering 384,912 years in prison. The sentence was meant to represent each of Granados’ individual crimes, even if they were as minor as invasion of privacy and theft. In the end, the judge settled on giving the man just 14 years and 2 months.