What Is The Difference Between Concurrent and Consecutive?

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@CatsandDogs (14007)
April 12, 2009 9:45pm CST
I love watching crime/forensic types of tv shows because I find it very interesting in how the police and FBI solve different crimes however, when the perpetrator commits a crime and gets jail time say for two or more different crimes that involves a person such as a murder or two people but the same crime meaning at the same time.... gee, am I making sense here? lol Well I would have to say with two people.... I think? Then the perpetrator gets sentenced and it is said that it's to be served consecutively or another would have to serve concurrently, my question is, what is the difference between concurrent and consecutive? I've asked my parents and my husband and no one really knows. I'm going to look the words up in a dictionary and see just what it says just out of curiosity....