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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The third time the judge said ten years, when he came around the fourth time, he pronounced that he sentenced us to fifteen years in anger.
They might as well have sentenced us to death,' she said.
Police arrested all of us - four people - but my friend confessed that he was the only one, who stabbed the victim, but the court didn't listen and charged us with murder and sentenced us to death penalty, stamping it as the final verdict.
"We are happy that the court has sentenced us to a three-month probation instead of a three-month jail term.
On June 4, the Egyptian judiciary convicted 43 NGO workers, including Egyptian staff, and sentenced us to one to five years in prison for "working illegally" and "accepting foreign funding." I, along with all the other "fugitives" who were tried in absentia, got the toughest sentence of five years.
"We were apprehended one and a half kilometres after crossing the border, and brought to Eilat Police Station where we were held for 14 months until an Israeli court sentenced us to 4 years in prison.
But what unites Bassam and me is not just the death that the Occupation sentenced us to. What unites us is principally faith and a willingness to raise the children that have been left to us so that they will never again allow corrupt, greedy and power-hungry politicians and generals who thirst for blood and conquest to rule over their lives and set them against each other.
"It was the same old story, we again paid a high price for switching off and individual errors sentenced us to defeat," said O'Callaghan who named Hanrahan as his side's best player.
Mr Holdroyd, of Queen Street, Ashington, added: "Carr sentenced us to life and he is never going to change his ways, so why should he come out again?
"We were all stood in the dock and the judge sentenced us to four and a half years.
The county judge called us communists, sentenced us to two weeks in jail, and ordered us to pay fines and restitution totaling $4,800.