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pass sentence on someone

1. Lit. [for a judge] to read out the sentence of punishment for a convicted criminal. It is my job as judge to pass sentence on you. The judge was about to pass sentence on Max—ten years in prison.
2. Fig. [for someone] to render a judgment on another person in the manner of a judge. You have no right to pass judgment on me! I wish you wouldn't pass judgment on everyone around you.
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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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She was sentenced to 24 months of probation, ordered to undergo drug treatment and fined $1,600.
Under section 11(3) of the Criminal Appeal Act of 1968, the Criminal Division may hear an appeal "if they consider that the Appellant should be sentenced differently for an offence for which he was dealt with by the court below.
37) To qualify for the statutory remedy of sentence modification, [section] 3582(c)(2) requires that a defendant be sentenced to a term that is "based on a sentencing range.
In total, seven of the nine defendants have been sentenced since their convictions in October on violations of the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, drug trafficking and other charges.
Aboriginal men represented one-fifth of all men sentenced to custody.
LAST NOVEMBER Weldon Angelos, a 24-year-old record company executive with no prior convictions, was sentenced to 55 years in federal prison for selling a pound and a half of marijuana to an informant.
44) The trial judge in Williams sentenced to death a defendant convicted of first-degree murder, despite a jury recommendation of life imprisonment.
Juveniles in all states can be tried and sentenced in the adult criminal justice system for certain felonies.
As prisons become increasingly overcrowded and costly, prison officials are under increased pressure to release prisoners to make room for those sentenced under congressional mandatory minimums, meaning they will likely release violent offenders.
A second category of offenders warranting special consideration in the eyes of the public includes those sentenced for what some perceive as "minor" drug crimes.
Aghajari was sentenced to receive more than 70 lashes and condemned to death.
And by 1924 the Commission pardoned 68 prisoners, paroled 178 under the old system of fixed sentences (those sentenced before 1919) and paroled a further 502 under the new indeterminate system.