Casey Anthony Sentenced to 4 Years Minus Time Served: Jurors Felt Sick Over Verdict

Casey Anthony was sentenced Thursday morning to four years in jail, minus time served, for four counts of lying to police about the death of her daughter, Caylee Anthony. Casey Anthony was found not guilty on Wednesday of causing the 2-year-old’s death.

Casey Anthony was acquitted on all charges in the death of Caylee Anthony, but found guilty of not telling the truth when interviewed by police about the toddler’s dissappearance. Anthony told police that Caylee Anthony had been kidnapped by a nanny, a story that later proved to be completely untrue.

Chief Judge Belvin Perry sentenced Casey Anthony to the maximum of four years on the charges of lying to police. However, Anthony could be released by late July or early August due to the time she has already served since 2008. Casey Anthony’s sentencing also includes a $1,000 fine for each charge of lying to police officials.

Anthony’s defense team had asked that the four counts of lying to police should be combined into one count because all of them happened during the same interrogation session on July 16, 2008. However, the prosecution argued there was “a temporal break between the lies” that sent police “on a wild goose chase” and so they should be counted separately.

Casey Anthony did not report her daughter as missing for over 30 days after the 2-year-old vanished. When the toddler’s disappearance was finally reported, Anthony told police she had been kidnapped by a non-existent nanny. She also supported her story with other lies that were later disproved by police authorities.

Casey Anthony’s defense team reserved the right to appeal on the charges of lying to police during the sentencing hearing. Anthony has 30 days to file an appeal. Judge Belvin Perry scheduled a hearing for August 25 to determine how much of the investigative cost into Caylee Anthony’s murder might be added to Casey Anthony’s fines.

Texas Equusearch, which helped in the search for Caylee Anthony, also wants compensation for the $112,000 and 4,200 searchers it says was spent on looking for the toddler. The company’s head, Tim Miller, told CNN he is considering a lawsuit against Casey Anthony.

Protesters outside the courtroom disturbed by Casey Anthony’s not guilty verdict screamed and chanted during the sentencing hearing. Meanwhile, inside, Casey Anthony smiled now and then while waiting for sentencing as she did Wednesday when the not guilty verdict was read.

Several jurors in the Casey Anthony trial expressed their distress over the verdict they felt they had to hand down in the case. “I did not say she was innocent,” juror Jennifer Ford told ABC News. “I just said there was not enough evidence.” Ford said the verdict left the jurors “sick to our stomachs.” However, they believed they had not choice but to acquit Anthony based on ‘reasonable doubt’ due to lack of evidence.

The judge and court officials are currently determining how much credit for time served Casey Anthony will receive.

Casey Anthony Not Guilty Verdict!

Casey Anthony not guilty! That is the verdict read out by the jury in the Casey Anthony trial on Tuesday. Casey Anthony had been accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony. Anthony’s defense team claimed the toddler accidentally drowned in the family pool.

Casey Anthony waits as the verdict is read by the jury

The jury in the Casey Anthony trial read out their verdict in court at 2:15 EDT. The jury found Casey Anthony not guilty of killing Caylee Anthony. After 33 days of testimony, the jury of seven women and five men acquitted Casey Anthony of murder after just 10 hours of deliberation.

25-year-old Casey Anthony was acquitted of all charges of murder, manslaughter and child abuse. She was found guilty of multiple counts of providing false information to law enforcement.

On Sunday, Casey Anthony’s defense team told the jury “there is plenty of reasonable doubt” in the case and with that in mind, they could convict her. It seems the jury, in this case, agreed with the defense.

Casey Anthony Trial Jury Verdict Reached: Live Feed

The Casey Anthonytrial will draw to a close this afternoon when the jury announces its verdict in court at 2:15 EDT. Casey Anthony is accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony.

Casey Anthony awaits verdict in murder trial

Jury deliberations resumed in the Casey Anthony trial for the second day on Tuesday after the jury failed to reach a verdict on Monday. The jury, which has been sequestered in an Orlando hotel, have now reportedly reached a verdict after a total of ten hours of deliberation. Check out the Casey Anthony live feed video from the court room below.

The official verdict in the Casey Anthony trial is expected to be handed out this afternoon shortly after 2:00pm. If convicted of 1st degree murder, Casey Anthony could face the death penalty.

The jury could also reject the first-degree murder trial in favor of finding Casey Anthony guilty on a lesser charge of second-degree murder, third-degree murder or even manslaughter. Anthony is also facing charges of aggravated manslaughter, aggravated child abuse and multiple counts of lying to law enforcement.

Casey Anthony Trial Jury Could Drop Murder Charge to Manslaughter

The jury is still out in the Casey Anthony trial and no one can know for sure when they will emerge to declare a verdict. Casey Anthony is accused of murder in the death of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony. Prosecutors allege she killed her daughter by suffocating her with duct tape over her mouth and nose. Anthony’s defense team claims the toddler accidentally drowned in the family swimming pool.

Casey Anthony, Source: MSNBC

Casey Anthony has been charged with first degree murder of Caylee Anthony. If she is convicted of that charge, she could possibly face the death penalty. However, the jury in the case could decide to drop the first degree murder charge and find Anthony guilty on a lesser count.

The Casey Anthony jury, which has been sequestered in an Orlando hotel, met briefly with Judge Belvin Perry Tuesday morning for instructions on how to proceed with deliberations. He told jurors they had the option to find Casey Anthony guilty of lesser charges if they should decide to, including second degree murder, manslaughter or third degree felony murder. None of those charges would carry a possible death sentence.

Anthony also faces charges of aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter and multiple counts of lying to law enforcement.