sentence to

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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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There the Recorder of the States came to read the sentence to him.
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Defendant, by contrast, argues that '1 day to life' is an unmodifiable sentence to which he must be sentenced.
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(37) The sentencing judge's role was, in effect, the role of sentencing expert, using whatever information about the offender or his offense that the judge deemed appropriate to fashion the appropriate individualized sentence to promote rehabilitation.
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Just as in mandatory sentencing systems, judges in discretionary systems must make factual findings to determine the appropriate sentence to impose.
In a statement, the office said Attorney General Jeremy Wright understood the decision would cause disappointment, but would not refer the sentence to the Court of Appeal as "he did not think they would find it to be unduly lenient and increase it".
identical sentence to have a much more negative effect on some offenders