Killer ‘happy in jail with roof over head’ freed after over-serving by 20 years

A convicted killer was released from prison against his wishes after he claimed he was happy behind bars.

Osvaldo Longobuco left prison on Monday, April 12 after a judge learned he should have been freed 20 years ago.

The prisoner had allegedly told his defence lawyer who interviewed him in prison he was happy behind bars because he had a roof over his head and guaranteed food.

The lawyer tipped off authorities that Longobuco had remained in maximum-security Sierra Chica prison 200 miles southwest of the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires despite completing his sentence on October 8, 2001.

It was also uncovered that the pensioner could have been released on parole five years earlier but never applied, claiming he had no house to go to.

Longobuco reportedly claimed to have no relationship with his children and no friends and wanted to stay behind bars to repay society for his crime “from start to finish.”

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 extraordinary 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.

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His fellow inmates during his 44-year, six-month-long prison overstay included notorious serial killer Carlos Eduardo Robledo Puch.

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 night watchman in order to stop police from identifying his partner-in-crime’s body and prevent suspicion from falling on him.

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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, the scene of a bloody eight-day riot that 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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