I'm reading the Godfather by
M.Puzo and here is the paragraph I was confused about a bit:
Don Corleone asked only one question at the end. "Is it certain my son is dead?"
Clemenza answered. "Yes," he said. "The bodyguards were of Santino's regime but picked by me. I questioned them when they came to my house. They saw his body in the light of the tollhouse. He could not live with the wounds they saw. They place their lives in forfeit for what they say."
I understand all the meanings of the words in the final sentence. But cannot catch the meaning of the whole sentence. I could guess that it meant that if they made a mistake they would shot to death then. Right?