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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).



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?