serve time


: to spend time in prison
serving time for drug possession

Examples of serve time in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The series follows her from her days as a young models and an early female stockbroker on Wall Street to her run as a popular Connecticut caterer who built a home-arts media empire, then had to serve time in prison after accusations of insider trading. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 3 Jan. 2024 That means van der Sloot is scheduled to be released from Peruvian prison in 2045 and likely won’t return to the US to serve time for the federal charges after serving both sentences together. Emma Tucker, CNN, 19 Oct. 2023 According to a campaign spokesman, Trump donors are lining up in substantial numbers to serve time in prison for him. Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker, 2 Aug. 2023 Kelly’s attorneys are appealing both the New York and Chicago convictions while their client continues to serve time at Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center, where has been incarcerated since 2019. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 23 Feb. 2023 Todd Chrisley, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison with three years of supervised release, has been assigned to serve time at FPC Pensacola, a minimum-security facility in Pensacola, Florida. Alta Spells, CNN, 14 Dec. 2022 The Cleveland Street of the Dickensian age, Dr. Richardson learned, was decidedly down-market, blighted by the workhouse and offering affordable rents to people like Dickens’s father, who would serve time in a debtors’ prison; a row of a shopkeepers; and more than a few prostitutes. New York Times, 23 Dec. 2021 Two other defendants will serve time as well, with the first sentenced to four years and four months in prison under the Juvenile Criminal Code. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 16 May 2023 And anyone convicted of a misdemeanor meriting jail time would serve time in the state’s troubled prison system, not a local lockup. Michael Wines, New York Times, 10 Apr. 2023 See More

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“Serve time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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