Here's one way to avoid being imprisoned for life on a felony charge: Try to be in jail on a less-serious misdemeanor charge at the same time that the felony crime occurs. This strategy worked for LaDondrell Montgomery, whose armed robbery conviction was just overturned by a Harris County, Texas judge.
Remember "Clark Rockefeller," the con man who bounced around social circles in New York and Boston posing as a physicist, financier, art collector, cardiovascular surgeon, government official, and sea captain, among other things? Rockefeller—real name Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter—was convicted today of kidnapping his 7-year-old daughter during a custody dispute with his ex-wife, and he now faces more than a decade in prison. Unfortunately, the trial did not fully account for how he managed to convince people he was all those things when, to most normal people, he bears a striking resemblance to a serial killer from a made-for-TV movie on Lifetime. But at least he'll have a non-fake job—license plate maker, perhaps?— to add to his resume in the near future! [AP]