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

why r ppl convicted to 2 life sentences.?

if its life then how can u get chared w/ 2? i think its cuz like if ur heart flatlines then havent u technically died?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Judges formally have to give 2 consecutive life sentences because thats the punishment the crimes calls for. Of course it does not mean their bodies sit in jail after they die, it would rot!

    If it was only 1 person that was murdered, the person could get two life sentences because one would be for the act of homicide while the other might be for a felony the defendant was committing simultaneously with the crime. (I.E. A person commits first degree sexual assault then murders the victim during the same act.)

    The point it, the judge must formally give the defendant his sentencing. But you are right, the symantics and logic of "you will be in prison until you die" serves the same purpose but the first one is much less grusom to the listeners ear.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Its not IMPORTANT HOW MANY life sentences you get, UNLESS they are CONSECUTIVE life sentences. That means ONE AFTER THE OTHER. Most "life-sentences" are only 20-30 years and then parole, UNLESS it stipulates "no parole" in the sentencing which is RARE.

    So, no, going flat-line doesn't count, sorry! That's sad and pedantic to even CONSIDER that a "life sentence" of any kind. As far as the Justice System is concerned you put yourself in that situation (on of ongoing violence, i.e., prison) when you committed your crime without conscience. And unless its a "hardship" case where your literally bed bound, they're NOT LIKELY to release you for a hardship case. Otherwise, it out feet first in a cheap casket or box. Which is how it should be.

    You do the crime, you do the time.

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  • So that if a felon is convicted of two or more crimes that individually deserve a life sentence, then gets one conviction overturned they will still be held on the one or more other life sentences they deserve.

    For example: Joe Criminal robs a bank and kills several people. He is separately convicted of killing each of five victims & recieves life sentences. It is then found that one of the victims was actually killed by a shot fired by the security guard. Joe may still be heald responsible for that death as it resulted from his robbery, but it may not warrant a life sentence so that one may be reduced. If it turned out that victim was killed by a stray bullet from a simultaneous but unrelated incident Joe would be exonerated of that crime. In either case, he would still have the other four sentences to serve, unless it could be shown he was not at fault in any of them.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    He CAN serve both sentences. The question is, are they served concurrently or sequentially. If the former, then he "pays" for both deaths at the same time. If the latter, then even if he finished paying for one sentence earlier, through good behaviour, etc, he still would have to serve the minimum part of the second life sentence. Two sequential life sentences is probably life in jail.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It depends on the crime you committed, and life means 25 years or more. So lets say your 20 and were given a life sentence your going to ber in jail for 25 years or more depending on your behavior, and then you get charged with another it means once you have payed the price for one crime your going to be paying the price for another. So it really means your going to be in jail for a long time, and the possibilities of parole or probbation is rare, and getting of jail or prison will not happen.

    Source(s): Margret Diana Li Diaz Fley
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    First of all, depending on what State you are in life doesn't always mean life without parole, sometimes it means 25 to life. Second, there is a right of appeal on both sentence and if you lose one at the appellate level, you still have the other one.

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  • 1 decade ago

    A life sentence is only like 40 years i believe so people can out live a life sentence

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It's because the criminal more then likely murdered 2 people. So gets a sentence for both crimes. It also makes sure they're in for life. ~~~

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  • 1 decade ago

    Life sentence doesn't always mean for life, lifers are routinely released on parole if they are believed to be reformed, or harmless to society (or if they need to get rid of someone.)

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  • 1 decade ago

    because a life sentence isn't really "for the rest of your life", and some people get released... so judges sometimes give evil people two for good measure

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