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US Law question...

I'm not even sure if this falls in the acceptable for this comm, but the information is going in an SGA story and all the other help places have really specific points to cover. Anyway, my question:

What is the prison term in the USA for 2 counts of attempted murder? It's a civillian on Atlantis doing research, but he tried to kill someone very important (twice).



Not to go back on what I just said, but it's talking about levels - levels of what?
Honestly, I'm not totally sure. It's not my field; I just googled and found the page and it looked like a good baseline to me. If I were the one writing the story, I'd probably just use either the 33 or 27 years per offense (depending on the details of your story and whether or not the attempts, if successful, would've constituted first degree murder -- I'm sure you can find a definition of that online pretty easily).
The way I read that, it would be 33 + 3 for the type of attempt. So 36 years per offence - 72 years is a very long time for an attempt, I'm sure they don't do that much for murder or manslaughter.
Months, perhaps, rather than years? Or maybe the numbers refer to some mysterious "level" on a sentencing guidelines chart?
Those numbers (33, 27, etc) aren't the actually years for sentencing, they're an abstract representation of the 'level' of the offence. You need to figure out the level of offence, then reference this table (which lists terms of imprisonment in months). So, level 27 is somewhere between 70 and 163 months, depending on previous criminal history.

The Guide table of contents has all the links for different factors which might need to be taken into account when setting the level (admission of guilt, role in the crime, who the victim was, etc).
If only they had made it that simple to begin with. Thanks.