At 1/27/13 12:45 AM, Goldfire64 wrote:
whats the point of 982? why not make it life because lets be honest , no one expects anyone ever to be able to live that long.
If it's all just thrown under one lump sentence, then if he's acquitted of one charge by a faulty trial (it's happened) then the real merit of his sentence needs to be maintained.
You might say the same thing for some fellow who has a 80 year sentence for 3 counts of second-degree murder.
You may effectively say "well, that's the rest of his life, just give him life." Then if one of those sentences were overturned for some reason. that could effectively take 25-30 years off the sentence. Thus giving him a 60-65 year sentence. So, he might have a few years outside of the system.
While I realize that 982 years is a radical jump from the plausible - it's all for the sake of detailed record keeping and consistency.