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Crimes and Sentencing of 10-20-Life Felons

Crime Type
20-Year Mandatory Minimum Sentence

The 10-20-Life law provides a 20-year mandatory minimum prison sentence for those who fire a gun while committing a crime.

20 yr Mandatory crime types: Robbery (30.8%), Other Violent (25.9%), Burglary (1.5%), Murder (39.3%), Weapons (1.0%)

  • Of the 3,887 felons currently in the Department’s custody with a 10-20-Life sentence, 248 (6.4%) received 20 years as their longest mandatory minimum term.

  • Robbery accounts for 75 (30.2%) of the 248 whose longest mandatory sentence is 20 years.

  • Other violent crime (aggravated assault, aggravated battery, carjacking, etc.) accounts for 67 (27.0%) of the 248 whose longest mandatory sentence is 20 years.

  • Murder or manslaughter accounts for 93 (37.5%) of the felons whose longest mandatory sentence is 20 years. This category includes crimes of attempt, accessory, and conspiracy to commit the crime of murder.

  • Burglary accounts for 9 (3.6%), of the 248 whose longest mandatory sentence is 20 years.


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