Murderer released from prison AGAINST wishes after judge learned he should have been released in 2001
Convicted murderer, 75, is released from prison AGAINST his wishes after the judge learned he should have been released 20 years ago – because staying incarcerated meant he had ‘a roof over his head’
- Osvaldo Longobuco, 75, convicted of aggravated murder in December 1979
- He remained in a maximum-security prison, despite his sentence ending in 2001
- His lawyer told authorities he felt safe in prison because he has no home to go to
A convicted murderer has been released from prison against his will after a judge found he should have been released 20 years ago.
Osvaldo Longobuco, 75, told a lawyer who tipped off authorities that he was happy behind bars because he had a roof over his head and guaranteed food.
He remained in the maximum security Sierra Chica prison 200 miles southwest of Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires, despite completing his sentence on October 8, 2001.
He could have been paroled five years earlier, but he never filed for claiming he had no home to go to.
Convicted murderer Osvaldo Longobuco, 75, was released from Sierra Chica prison, 200 miles from the capital Buenos Aires
He left prison on Monday the same day Judge Alejandro Horacio Lugo signed his release order, declaring: ‘The prison is where he feels safe, has food, a roof over his head and social ties, but this incarceration can not continue.’
The case was brought to light by the Argentinian daily newspaper Clarin, which revealed that Longobuco had been arrested on February 28, 1979 and convicted of a serious murder ten months later.
His victim, presumably his then-partner, is locally called Elvira Casimira Orellana, although full details of the crime have not been made public.
Longobuco, whose full name is Osvaldo Alejandro Longobuco Calidoni, reportedly told a lawyer who interviewed him in prison that he had no relationship with his children and no friends and wanted to stay behind bars to repay society for his crime ‘from start to finish. ‘
His fellow inmates during his 44-year, six-month sentence included infamous serial killer Carlos Eduardo Robledo Puch.
Osvaldo Longobuco, 75, completed his sentence in 2001, but remained in prison when he was not released
Robledo Puch, also known as The Angel of Death and The Black Angel, was sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of 11 murders, one attempted murder, 17 robberies and sex crimes in a 1980 trial.
He shot a flame in the face of an accomplice robbery shot by a night watchman to prevent police from identifying the body of his partner-in-crime and to keep him from being suspected.
But he forgot that he had left his ID card in criminal Hector Somoza’s pocket, and investigators arrested him shortly afterwards.
Robledo Puch also ended up in the Sierra Chica Prison, the scene of a bloody eight-day riot that began on March 30, 1996 and left eight dead.
Built in 1882 and one of Argentina’s oldest lockups, the prison is a short drive from the town of Olavarria.