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life imprisonment

a sentence of incarceration for a lengthy time. In some states ‘life’ may mean ‘whole life.’ Mostly there are provisions for a minimum term or for parole or for pardon or some combination. In the UK the sentencing judge will specify the time to be served without parole and there have been some ‘whole life’ cases. If released on parole the prisoner is on licence and maybe recalled to serve the rest of the sentence if there is further offending.
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Senior Brotherhood leader Mohamed El-Beltagy, Islamist cleric Safwat Hegazy, and 16 others were also sentenced to life in prison, 28 to ten years in prison and 68 acquitted.
But last October, the Mexican Supreme Court barred extradition to countries even seeking to impose life in prison.
Two robbers were sentenced to life in prison without parole in the case.
A ``one-strike'' law passed by the Legislature in 1994 mandates 25 years to life in prison for criminals convicted of violent sexual crimes.
The ``three strikes'' law, passed in 1994, requires a sentence of 25 years to life in prison for anyone who has two previous convictions for violent or serious felonies and is convicted of any new felony.