How Much Prison Time Did Jyn Erso Have to Serve at Wobani Imperial Labor Camp?

Jyn Erso was introduced in Rogue One trailer with a list of offenses that resulted in her being sentenced to hard labor by the Empire. How much prison time should she have served if in the United States? How much time would she have added for her escape from the Wobani Imperial Labor Camp?

Jyn’s first offense was Forgery of Imperial documents. In California, that would have been one year in prison. Pen. Code, § 473. If the document was an Imperial document akin to a passport that was then used for terrorism, the prison term would have been for 25 years. 18 U.S.C. § 1543.

Erso’s second offense was for possession of stolen property, which could have a prison term of 20 years. 18 U.S.C. app. § 2B1.1.

The offense of aggravated assault could have a term of at least 14 years. 18 U.S.C. app. § 2A2.2. Additional years can be added based upon injuries the victim had, such as another five years for “serious bodily injury.” 18 U.S.C. app. § 2A2.2(b)(B).

Jyn’s charge of resisting arrest could have included a sentence of two, three, or four years, depending on if she used a deadly weapon to resist, if the Empire had laws similar to California. CA Pen. Code, § 417.8.

Jyn’s escape from Wobani would result in a fine and/or an additional five year sentence. 18 U.S.C.S. § 751. Jyn’s prison term could have been 25 years to 69 years, if the Empire had a similar legal system, depending the amount of time sentenced, and if sentences ran concurrently or consecutively. That would be more time than Obi Wan Kenobi spent on Tatooine and Luke Skywalker on Ahch-To combined, if Jyn had the maximum sentence.

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Josh Gilliland is a California attorney who focuses his practice on eDiscovery. Josh is the co-creator of The Legal Geeks, which has made the ABA Journal Top Blawg 100 Blawg for 2013 to 2016, the ABA Web 100 for Best Legal Blog and Podcast categories, and was nominated for Best Podcast for the 2015 Geekie Awards. Josh has presented at legal conferences and comic book conventions across the United States. He also ties a mean bow tie.