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Criminal Law and Procedure

Life Sentences

Minnesota statute allows a life sentence to be applied to individuals convicted of murder in the first degree and for certain criminal sexual conduct offenses.

On August 1, 1989, Minnesota changed the mandatory minimum prison term for a life sentence to 30 years. Prior to this change, the mandatory minimum prison term for a life sentence was 17 years.

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