sentence (one) to (something)

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sentence (one) to (something)

To impose a particular legal penalty upon one who is found guilty of a crime. The judge sentenced the former CEO to 30 years in prison for his role in defrauding millions of customers over the span of 15 years. They sentenced him to 5 years of hard labor for simply stealing a loaf of bread.
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sentence someone to something (for something)

[for a judge] to order someone to suffer confinement, death, or labor for committing a crime. The judge sentenced Roger to three years in prison for the crime. The judge sentenced him to hard labor.
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'In principle, if the court wants to sentence someone to a term of imprisonment, they must show grounds.
According to lawyers of trial courts, there is immense pressure on judges to sentence someone to death during a murder case, because threats of retribution and extrajudicial violence are ever present, both inside and outside a courtroom.
To sentence someone to death in Texas, jurors must unanimously agree that a capital murder convict is a future danger.
"As a judge, I am not going to sentence someone to something that I believe is cost prohibitive."
Several people said they were strongly opposed to the death penalty and could never vote to sentence someone to death.
"The judge is going to cut it down anyway, because it's just silly to sentence someone to 300 years.
Yesterday Recorder Bethel said: "This leaves me in the position of having to sentence someone to four months who I think richly deserves two years and should have had two years, if properly charged.
Personally, I have always thought if you sentence someone to 15 years they should do 15 years - regardless of how well they behave in prison.
'When the courts sentence someone to 15 years for crimes of this kind, then it should mean 15 years.
To sentence someone to ten years' hard labour: Boy, you're going to carry that weight, Carry that weight a long time.
"You think I'm going to sentence someone to prison for two rocks (of cocaine), just because he got convicted of armed robbery in 1985?"
To sentence someone to death in Texas, a jury must unanimously agree that the individual would likely be a future danger to society if given the alternative punishment of life in prison.
Only jurors willing to sentence someone to death can be selected for such cases.
To sentence someone to death in Texas, the jury must unanimously agree that the person would likely be a future danger to society.