If Jesus had been let off the cross instead of the thieves what do you think the outcome would have been? How do you think Jesus would have been killed to fulfill prophecy?
The thieves were not let off the cross. They died on it and died slowly. So slowly, in fact, that their legs were broken in order to prevent them from pressing up with their legs which caused them to suffocate to death quickly. Scripture says that when they came to do the same to Jesus, he was already dead, so they didn't break a bone in his body. They did, however, stab his heart with spear to make sure that he wasn't still alive.
The idea that you're probably using in this questions of "somebody getting off scott-free" is related to Barabbas. He was let go at Christ's trial instead of Jesus...but Barabbas was never crucified himself.
As to the idea of how Christ would have died if he had gotten off of the cross, this is a non-question. The method that Jesus was to die was chosen by God the Father before the foundation of the world. It was set in stone long, long ago. It's not possible for reality to have happened any other way. The question is really a fancy way of saying, "How can what is impossible with God be made possible with man?" This is a question not based in reality so there is no answer.
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