In Britain there is a Charles Bronson who is not an actor and yet is famous. He spent almost 50 years of his life behind bars. Reason: Again and again he attacked prison guards. Bronson is now 69 and is reportedly seeking clemency.
Charles Bronson has spent almost 50 years behind bars. The man described by the media as Britain's "most notorious prisoner" has now appealed for clemency. This was reported by Sky News. A voice message from Bronson had previously been leaked to the news station. "I'm 70 years old now. I've never killed anyone. Never raped anyone. What am I in prison for?" said the prisoner, who also calls himself Charles Salvador, but according to the media when Michael Gordon Peterson was born. He added that he is now believed to be a serial killer because of his long prison sentence.
Bronson was originally jailed for seven years for armed robbery in 1974. But apart from two brief periods in freedom, he has since spent his entire life behind bars. The reason for this was mostly violent attacks on prison staff. In 1999, for example, he is said to have held his art teacher hostage for two days and abused him because he had criticized his painting skills.
The clemency plea his lawyer sent to Attorney General Dominic Raab said Bronson had not been violent in years. In addition, his violence was mainly directed against prison guards. When someone approaches 70, the risk of violence drops to zero, Bronson attorney Dean Kingham told Sky News.
In addition to seeking clemency, Bronson is also seeking parole. The parole board is likely to meet in public in his case. He fought that in court last year. But Bronson's attorney believes he is being denied the formal requirements for parole for petty reasons, such as refusing to play board games with prison guards.