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Watching real life police shows, I see court cases from time to time. An example of one might be a jury finding an individual guilty of second degree murder. In the sentencing phase of the trial, the judge might say, “25 to 40 years.” I’d like to know what makes it be done in 25 years? And, if one doesn’t get out in 25 years, why? Also, I wonder if, missing the 25 year opportunity, does the prisoner then wait until 40 years, or does one get a shot at it at 30 or 35 years?

Does anybody know?