Past participle of sentence
Punished, as a consequence of being found guilty of a crime.
When a judge sentences a defendant who has been convicted of a crime, we mean the judge announces the punishment for someone convicted of a crime.
Usually in the United States sentencing is up to the judge – – the jury determines whether someone is guilty or not and then the judge determines the punishment.
Before sentencing the defendant, the judge consulted his state’s sentencing guidelines, the recommendations for the appropriate punishment for convicted criminals.
The defendant was sentenced to life in prison without the chance for parole.
Because it was not a very serious crime, the judge sentenced the defendant to community service instead of sentencing her to prison.« Back to Glossary Index