life sentence


: the punishment of being sent to prison for the rest of one's life
He received a life sentence for his crimes.

Examples of life sentence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The homicide conviction carries a mandatory life sentence. Emily Palmer, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2023 The homicide charge requires a mandatory life sentence as well as an additional 10 years of imprisonment for each count of theft, prosecutors said. CBS News, 14 Nov. 2023 If fully convicted, Young Thug could face a life sentence. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 9 Nov. 2023 Myers had been convicted of killing his wife in 1984 and was serving a life sentence for second-degree murder. Anat Rubin, ProPublica, 4 Nov. 2023 The former student who murdered Jaime Guttenberg and the others is serving a life sentence. Terry Spencer, Fortune, 24 Oct. 2023 In an interview in mid-August, the witness provided investigators with a confession letter given to him by Headley that contained details of Underwood's killing. Headley, now 48, was already serving a life sentence for the murder of his estranged wife, Kirstie. Daniel McFadin, Arkansas Online, 21 Oct. 2023 Murray faces a life sentence in prison, the district attorney said in a news release Thursday. Taylor Romine, CNN, 28 Sep. 2023 Prosecutors say since Casey White is serving what amounts to a life sentence for the escape conviction, there is no need to pursue the capital murder charge. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, 6 Oct. 2023 See More

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“Life sentence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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