Guildford Four and Maguire Seven - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia . At this time the death penalty had been abolished for murder but not for high treason against the crown. Fortunately the prosecution didn't charge these people with high treason but the judge expressed disappointment at this, saying that if they had been charged with this then he would have had no problem with sentencing these people to death. So that's 11 innocent people that we nearly killed. I have trouble believing that the amount of people killed by escaped prisoners that decade (or even that century) is greater then the amount of people that would have been killed in that one case. And that's not even taking into account those who would have been killed by the intensification of the conflict that would inevitably have resulted from this execution.