Casey Anthony receives jail time, but likely out soon
A Florida judge on Thursday sentenced Casey Anthony to four years in jail for lying to police after her daughter disappeared, but said after credit for the time served she could be free by late this month or early August.
Anthony, 25, was acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in 2008 but received the toughest possible sentence for lying to police during the investigation.
Each of the four misdemeanor counts Anthony was convicted of carried a maximum of one year in jail. Judge Belvin Perry ordered the one-year terms to run consecutively, and also imposed a $1,000 fine for each count.
In addition to receiving credit for the nearly three years she has spent behind bars since her arrest, Anthony also will get time for good behavior reduced from her jail sentence.
Lawyers and jail officials were to figure out exactly how much time off the sentence Anthony would get after court adjourned.
Though she must return to jail for now, the sentence is a far cry from the death penalty prosecutors had planned to seek if jurors found Anthony guilty of first-degree murder.
The prosecution said Anthony smothered Caylee with duct tape on June 16, 2008, drove around for several days with Caylee’s body in her car trunk and then dumped the remains in woods near the Anthony family home.
The defense argued that Caylee died in an accidental drowning in the family’s backyard pool.
Millions of Americans followed the trial for more than six weeks and many were stunned, even angered, by the verdict reached by jurors on Tuesday.
One juror told ABC News that there was not enough evidence to convict Anthony but stopped short of saying she was innocent.
Jurors also found Anthony not guilty of aggravated child abuse or aggravated manslaughter of a child.