Jonathan Pollard is the only person in the history of the United States to receive a life sentence for spying for an American ally. On November 21, 2009, Pollard will enter the 25th year of his life sentence, with no end in sight, and with not a peep out of our "leadership". The maximum sentence today for such an offence is 10 years. The median sentence for this offence is 2 to 4 years. Click to see a list of comparative sentences.