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.

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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 asked the court to impose a concurrent sentence after Shahid admitted assaulting a man in Porterfield Prison on February 14.
Parish, of Rutland in Shrewsbury, was sentenced to 16 months for assaulting the woman and causing her actual bodily harm, and a twomonth concurrent sentence for stalking.
Wilson also received a six-year concurrent sentence after he admitted to conspiring to murder Hanley.
Rybar was given a concurrent sentence of four years for the second burglary when he failed to steal anything.
The judge passed a concurrent sentence of two years for the threats to kill conviction.
Blake was also given a six-month concurrent sentence for attempting to pervert the course of justice.
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.

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