In giving Jerry Sandusky a 30-to-60-year jail term, Judge John M. Cleland said: “I’m not going to sentence you to centuries. It makes no sense for a 68-year-old man. This sentence will put you in prison for the rest of your life.”
If it turns out to be a 30-year sentence, that means we expect that he won't live past 98.
If he had been 97 years old at this trial, would his sentence have been one year?
And what would be so bad about giving him centuries only to find out that he died less than 30 years later?