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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Simon Killeen, defending, did not mitigate when the judge indicated he was considering a concurrent sentence to an existing jail term Jones is serving.
Blake was also given a six-month concurrent sentence for attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Mr Justice Hunt also imposed a seven-year concurrent sentence on Polish national Sychulec, 34, with an address at Drinan, Ballymahon, Co Longford, for false imprisonment as well as a five-year concurrent sentence on 35-year-old Gruchacz, with an address in Warsaw, Poland, for false imprisonment.
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.
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.
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.
Drugs boss Baines also received a concurrent sentence of six years for wounding Mr Illidge with intent and must serve half of the 17 years before being released.

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