Quoting Blair Waldorf (SuperKink):" Yeah. I think in Georgia, if you're sentenced to life in prison for murder/rape/etc, you can get out ... [snip!] ... since then. But I do know your sentence is worse for rape here than it is for murder so you might as well kill them. "
Well a lot of the time rape is hard to prove so they will drop a rape charge and hit them with an assault or assault causing bodily harm with a side of trespassing or confining/kidnapping. So even though rape has a long sentence you don't necessarily end up in jail for a long time for raping someone. If that makes sense.
And of course that can happen sometimes with murder too. With everything it can happen, people get lesser charges just to make sure they see the inside of a jail cell versus being found innocent on the harsher charge they couldn't prove.
And you're right, it's not 8 years here but even if everything goes flawlessly in court, you don't really stay in jail for LIFE more often than not.
So it's hard to say, maybe on a case by case basis, but a warden doesn't have the qualifications to say if got a fair sentence or not KWIM?