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Crimes and Sentencing of 10-20-Life Felons

Maximum Prison Sentence Length

The maximum (total) sentence received may be greater than the longest mandatory 10-20-Life sentence imposed for offenders. For example, 154 felons whose longest 10-20-Life mandatory was 10 years received total sentences of life in prison. In many cases, the longer total sentence reflects these felons' more serious criminal histories.

TOTAL SENTENCE LENGTH (In Years) MAXIMUM MANDATORY SENTENCE TOTAL
3 YR 10 YR 20 YR 25 YR - LIFE
Under 3 0 0 0 0 0
3 1,159 0 0 0 1,159
3+ to 9+ 534 0 0 0 534
10 to 19+ 183 1,171 0 0 1,354
20 to 24+ 12 127 123 0 262
25+ 26 184 52 217 479
LIFE 0 154 26 178 358
TOTAL 1,914 1,636 201 395 4,146
  • Three-fifths (60.6%) of those convicted as felons possessing guns received a total sentence of 3 years, the same length as the mandatory minimum sentence imposed under 10-20-Life; but 11.5% (221 of 1,914) received a total sentence of 10 years or longer.

  • Almost three-fourths (71.6%) of felons who pulled a gun, but did not fire it (10-year mandatory) received total sentences of at least 10 years and less than 20 years; but one-fifth (20.7%) received a total sentence of 25 years or longer, including 154 (9.4%) who were sentenced to life in prison.

  • About three-fifths (61.2%) of felons who fired a gun without causing injury or death (20-year mandatory) received total sentences of at least 20 years and less than 25 years; and almost two-fifths (38.8%) received total sentences of 25 years or longer, including 26 (12.9%) who were sentenced to life in prison.

  • More than two-fifths (45.1%) of felons who injured or killed a victim using a gun (25-year to life mandatory) were sentenced to life in prison; and more than half (54.9%) received total sentences of 25 years of longer.
Maximum Prison Sentence Length:  Sentence is 25 Yrs to life (25yrs=55% & Life=45%); 3 years (3yrs=61%, 3+yrs=28%, 10-19yrs=10%)



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