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life sentence

a sentence condemning a convicted felon to spend the rest of his or her life in prison.
Compare death sentence. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The boyfriend was convicted and may get a life sentence.
  • US federal guidelines for such behaviour carries up to a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
  • The killer had received a life sentence but would be eligible for parole in eighteen years.
  • He was sentenced to five and a half years in prison, far less than the life sentence military prosecutors had long sought.
  • He insisted upon his innocence in the deaths of his children and refused an offer to plead guilty in return for a life sentence.
  • We don't know if she committed the crime, but she is convicted and given a life sentence.
  • His account of plantation life vividly suggests a life sentence in an uncommonly cruel prison camp.
  • The defendant was found guilty, but he eventually received a retrial and a life sentence.
  • He is serving a life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole.
  • The verdict carried an automatic life sentence with no possibility of parole.

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