Third-degree?

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He faces one count each of third-degree grand theft, resisting arrest or detention in retail theft and attempting escape.
What does "third-degree" mean here? Thanks!
 

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--A third degree crime is less serious than murder, burglary, or other felonies.

-- Third degree is also used in medical terms: for eg: third degree burn means the highest level of burn.

-- In police terms, third degree torture means an intensive questioning or rough treatment in order to get a confession.
 
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