Man Gets 125 Years for Gun Theft

Christopher Nichols has received a sentence almost a century longer than those who used the gun in a murder.


SPOKANE, Wash. (AP)—A man convicted of stealing a gun used in a murder was given 125 years in prison – about a century longer than the actual killers received after taking plea deals.

Christopher G. Nichols, 27, was sentenced Tuesday for gun theft, trafficking in stolen property, being a felon in possession of firearms and other crimes, The Spokesman-Review reported (

Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen said sentences for the gun crimes must be served one after another, as a result of Washington's 1995 law known as Hard Time for Armed Crime.