concurrent sentence

concurrent sentence

n. when a criminal defendant is convicted of two or more crimes, a judge sentences him/her to a certain period of time for each crime. Then out of compassion, leniency, plea bargaining, or the fact that the several crimes are interrelated, the judge will rule that the sentences may all be served at the same time, with the longest period controlling.

concurrent sentence

a sentence of imprisonment that runs at the same time as another. Two sentences of three years served concurrently are over in three years. The practice is not completely redundant because one of the sentences maybe restricted or quashed on appeal and then the other remains in force. See CONSECUTIVE SENTENCE.
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He also pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary, on the same date, for which he received a 12-month concurrent sentence.
Co-accused Zoheb Majid, 20, of Cheshire Road, Smethwick, West Midlands, was jailed for 10 years for Ms Bensley's manslaughter, and a seven-year concurrent sentence for robbery.
She was given a concurrent sentence of three months for breaching her community order.
Garcia-Concepcion was sentenced to a concurrent sentence of 4 to 5 years for carrying a firearm without a license, and 3 years' probation for unlawful possession of ammunition.
But he added: "It cannot be properly said that a total concurrent sentence of five years would be manifestly excessive.
Barker was given a life sentence with a minimum of 10 years for raping a two-year-old girl as well as a 12-year concurrent sentence for playing a "major part" in Baby P's death.
Lawlor, who lives with O'Brien, was jailed eight months for affray, and was given a four month concurrent sentence for common assault.
Cape was also sentenced to a 12-month concurrent sentence for an unrelated offence of fraud by false representation in which he used a stolen credit card to buy more than pounds 1,000 of clothes and other items at the Metrocentre.
Judge Merfyn Hughes QC gave Morris 25 years for the attempted murder of Ms Price and a concurrent sentence of 25 years for the attempted destruction of his daughter, telling him he had committed a "shocking" crime.
man has received a 10-year sentence in federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of firearms, and a concurrent sentence of 11 years and three months for knowingly receiving/possessing child pornography.
McDaid, then 28, was given a two-year concurrent sentence for damaging property reckless as to whether life was endangered plus a three-year concurrent sentence for criminal damage.
But prosecution lawyers say the concurrent sentence means Miller will not be punished for plotting with his cell-mate to pay his victims pounds 5,000 to change their story.

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