Past participle of sentence
Punished, as a consequence of being found guilty 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.
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