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He faces a life sentence in prison. Times, Sunday Times (2010)What does it take to get a real life sentence these days? The Sun (2006)Some life sentences are longer than others. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Three people are serving life sentences for his murder. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The claimant was serving a mandatory life sentence for murder. Times, Sunday Times (2015)He is serving a life sentence for the murder. Times, Sunday Times (2015)He got a life sentence for murder. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Both received life sentences for his murder. The Sun (2015)Both got life sentences for the murder. The Sun (2015)The new statutory life sentence had not replaced the sentence of imprisonment for public protection. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Three were given life sentences and the rest various terms of imprisonment. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Only planned murder carries a life sentence in France. Times, Sunday Times (2010)In 1908 both were found guilty of murder and received life sentences. Notorious: The Maddest and Baddest Sportsmen on the Planet (2006)Another defendant received a life sentence and the rest received six-year jail terms and fines. Times, Sunday Times (2015)A life peerage is no longer a life sentence. Times, Sunday Times (2014)He is now serving a life sentence in prison, although no one is quite sure of his true identity. Times, Sunday Times (2008)By the time they were in their early 20s, all three brothers were serving life sentences for murder. Christianity Today (2000)The Family members still in prison are serving life sentences, the maximum penalty allowed at the time the crimes were committed. The Sun (2008)
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British English: life sentence NOUN
If someone receives a life sentence, they are sentenced to stay in prison for the rest of their life, or for a very long period of time.
Some were serving life sentences for their crimes.
- American English: life sentence
- Brazilian Portuguese: pena de prisão perpétua
- Chinese: 无期徒刑
- European Spanish: cadena perpetua
- French: réclusion à perpétuité
- German: lebenslängliche Freiheitsstrafe
- Italian: condanna all' ergastolo
- Japanese: 終身刑
- Korean: 종신형
- European Portuguese: pena de prisão perpétua
- Spanish: cadena perpetua
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