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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 1 decade ago

how long is a life sentence. and if ur heart stops then havent u technically filled a life sentence.?

i have heard that a life sentece is 25 yrs i have heard that it is 7 yrs but it makes sense that it is until u die. and if u r seving a life sentece in prison and ur heart stops....like it flatlines then isnt that a life sentence cuz ya died?

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i heard that it is 7 because that is the legal age that u have 2 b b4 u can b legally charged w/ a crime. and i thought it is 25 bcuz i have always heard the sayin " 25 to life." jus like the name of the game.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    A life sentence means different things depending on the wording of the judges order. Life without the possibility of parole means you stay until you die, 25 to life means 25 minimum and life depends on the state you live in, 7 years can be a sentence but it sounds like you are confusing that with the amount of time before you can be declared dead if you disappear. If you are serving a two year sentence and you die in prison it doesn't mean you served a life sentence it just means you died while in prison. I apologize for all the big words.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Wouldn't a life sentence mean it's for life? I think the 7 or 25 years you're stating would mean the time that the sentence needs to be served before they can appeal or anything of that sort?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    By life sentence they don't mean until your dead its just a number of years. Otherwise a person couldn't get sentenced to "two consecutive life sentences" right?

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    4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    Hmmm, good question. At first you would think that, yes. But since you have come back and are still technically living your "one" life, you should continue fulfilling your obligation to society.

    Just my thought.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Life sentence is life sentence....until you die. End of sentence....Period. (Pun intended)

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  • 1 decade ago

    that is a damn good question.

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