principal in the second degree

Definition of "principal in the second degree"
  1. An individual who, in the framework of common law, assists, motivates, or orders someone else to perpetrate a crime and is either physically or theoretically present when the crime is executed
How to use "principal in the second degree" in a sentence
  1. The person who handed the robber the gun was charged as a principal in the second degree.
  2. If an individual provides a vehicle for a getaway knowing a robbery is to take place, they can be classified as a principal in the second degree.
  3. She did not participate directly in the crime, but her instructions led to its execution, making her a principal in the second degree.

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