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There's a Big Difference Between Mostly Dead and All Dead

A Mississippi man was sentenced to death after being declared "legally dead." How is this possible you might ask? Well, the man had been missing for so long (since 1987) that the court declared him dead. On Friday, the man was sentenced to death for the kidnapping and death of a 12 year-old Las Vegas girl in 2010. 

So what's the difference between "legally dead" and "all dead"? When someone is declared legally dead it means the possibility that they may still be alive exists. All dead means, well, they aren't coming back. In spite of being declared legally dead, the Mississippi man was very much alive when the police arrested him with the knife and gun that matched the weapons used to murder the 12 year-old girl. 

A kidnapping that leads to the death of a victim is one of the various federal crimes that carries with it the possibility of the death penalty. However, the man will most likely spend decades waiting for his sentence to be carried out. The Mississippi man will be on death row along with a handful of other inmates, some who have been on death row since 1993. So, I guess it may be a while before the man enters the realm of "all dead." 

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