back-to-back life sentences


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back-to-back life sentences

n. slang for consecutive life terms imposed by a judge when there were two crimes committed by the defendant, both of which can result in punishment of a life term, such as two murders, or a murder and a rape involving aggravated assault. The purpose of making the sentences subsequent ("back-to-back") and not "concurrent" (served at the same time) is to lessen the chance of parole, since if parole were permissible after 25 years, the defendant would then begin the second "life" sentence and would wait another 25 years for a parole hearing. (See: sentence)

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KARACHI -- An anti-terrorism court on Thursday convicted a man of attacking SSP Aslam Chaudry's convoy in 2006 and awarded him three back-to-back life sentences.
In the light of evidence, the anti-terrorism court awarded him three back-to-back life sentences. The court, however, acquitted Shahnawaz alias Ajmal Pahari.