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    The judgment formally pronounced by the court or judge upon the defendant after his or her conviction by imposing a punishment to be inflicted either in the form of a fine, incarceration or probation.

    National Center for State Courts. “Glossary of Commonly Used Court & Justice System Terminology”, Rev. 2/8/11 (2011)

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    Definition of a sentence is the penalty imposed on a defendant after conviction for a crime. A sentence can include a combination of imprisonment, probation, restitution, community work service, treatment, fines, loss of license, or other restrictions and punishments.

    Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. “Women’s Legal Rights Handbook” (2015)

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    A judge's formal pronouncement of the punishment to be given to a person convicted of a crime.

    California Superior Court. “English Legal Glossary” (2005)

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    Punishment applied by a court in light of a criminal conviction.

    Drogin, Eric Y., et al. Handbook of forensic assessment: Psychological and psychiatric perspectives. Vol. 209. John Wiley & Sons, 2011.

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    The judgment in a criminal action, following a verdict or a plea of guilty, stating the punishment to be imposed.

    Missouri Press-Bar Commission. “News Reporter’s Legal Glossary” (2009)