This is a short story, which I'm pretty sure I read online. The narrator was sentenced to life in prison, but after sentencing, some sort of nanotechnology was released, infecting everyone and making them immortal.

The narrator (male) is now hundreds (thousands?) of years into a life sentence, and feels like he has been forgotten by the rest of the world.

Note: I saw this similar question, but neither of the stories proposed on Looking for a short story about a society where when you are sentenced to life in prison, you are kept alive in prison forever is what I am looking for.

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    +1 for having done your research and looked for possible duplicate questions here on this site. – Rand al'Thor Aug 24 '16 at 0:09
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    You don't recall whether the prisoner was male or female? Do you recall what he/she was in for? murder, treason, forgery, jaywalking? – user14111 Aug 24 '16 at 0:11
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    Dunno what it is, but the writer shows a lack of research as a "life sentence" is a quantified number in reality and they'd be released in after some number of 120 or less years. (I don't remember the exact number it's between like 80 to 120 from what i remember)... Not important but just commenting... – Durakken Aug 24 '16 at 0:30
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    @Durakken - I suspect a “life sentence” could easily mean something different in a future society. Beside, seems that it depends on the state. – Adamant Aug 24 '16 at 2:36
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    The Twilight Zone episode described in previous comments is "Escape Clause", Season 1 Episode 6, originally aired 1959-11-06. – Eric Smith Aug 25 '16 at 7:41

I seem to remember a Spider Robinson story, maybe in Melancholy Elephants or Antinomy but I don't have them handy to check, that could be what you meant.

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