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life sentence

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Crime & law
life sentenceˌlife ˈsentence noun [countable]  SCPUNISHthe punishment of sending someone to prison for the rest of their life or for a very long time Miller is serving a life sentence for murder.
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life sentenceJohn Shaw, the elected prisoners' chairman of D-wing tells John Earle, a life sentence inmate, what to expect.The judge gave her a life sentence.She had been served four years of a life sentence for the murder of her baby son.Saldivar claimed she fired her gun accidentally, but she was convicted of murder and is serving a life sentence.Her husband was serving a life sentence for murder.Ministers will continue to review every case where a life sentence prisoner has been detained for 10 years.serving ... life sentenceHe's serving a life sentence for murder.
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