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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A Webb County jury on Thursday sentenced someone to death row for the first time in almost 25 years.
If the court has sentenced someone to prison after being convicted of some charges, then that convict should be treated in the same way as the other prisoners.
Commenting on the sentencing, Inspector Alastair Orencas, of Fletchamstead Highway police station, said: "I think a lot of people still think that the possession or cultivating of cannabis is almost acceptable but here the courts have sentenced someone to two years and four months in prison for a first offence.
He added: "When a judge has sentenced someone to prison for life, they should remain in prison unless there can be a guarantee the individual will never re-offend.