Convicted killer, 75, is released from prison AGAINST his wishes after judge learned he should have been freed 20 years ago – because staying locked up meant he ‘had a roof over his head’
- Osvaldo Longobuco, 75, convicted of aggravated homicide in December 1979
- He remained in maximum security prison despite his sentence ending in 2001
- His lawyer told authorities he felt secure in prison as he has no house to go to
A convicted killer has been released from prison against his wishes after a judge discovered he should have been freed 20 years ago.
Osvaldo Longobuco, 75, told a lawyer who tipped off the authorities he was happy behind bars because he had a roof over his head and guaranteed food.
He remained in maximum-security Sierra Chica prison 200 miles south-west of the Argentine capital Buenos Aires despite completing his sentence on October 8, 2001.
He could have been released on parole five years earlier but never applied, claiming he had no house to go to.
Convicted killer Osvaldo Longobuco, 75, was released from Sierra Chica prison, 200 miles from capital Buenos Aires
He left prison on Monday the same day judge Alejandro Horacio Lugo signed his release order, stating: ‘Prison is the place where he feels secure, has food, a roof over his head and social bonds, but this incarceration cannot continue.’
The case was exposed by Argentinian daily Clarin, which revealed Longobuco had been arrested on February 28 1979 and convicted of an aggravated homicide 10 months later.
His victim, thought to be his then-partner, has been named locally as 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 defence 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-long prison overstay included notorious 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 took a blowtorch to the face of a robbery accomplice shot by a nightwatchman in order to stop police identifying his partner-in-crime’s body and prevent suspicion falling on him.
But he forgot he had left his identity card in criminal Hector Somoza’s trouser pocket and detectives arrested him shortly afterwards.
Robledo Puch also ended up in Sierra Chica Prison, scene of a bloody eight-day riot which began on March 30 1996 and caused eight deaths.
The jail, built in 1882 and one of Argentina’s oldest lock-ups, is a short drive from the town of Olavarria.
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