Euphemistic term used by a criminal suspect to ask police for a maximum of only 8 years in prison in exchange for a full confession to the crime for which he or she is charged.
Detective: We know you killed that old woman -- your blood is all over her apartment and on the knife sticking out of her dead body!
Suspect: Look, I already told you -- I ain't saying nothin' unless you give me a straight-8. If you can do that, I'll give you what you want.
Detective: 8 years for cold-blooded murder? I don't think so.
Suspect: Well, if you want a full confession, you know what I need.
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