The 25-year-old may be free within days or weeks, once the Judge has decided what credit to give her for ‘time served’.
Judge Belvin Perry handed Casey Anthony the maximum sentence of four year-long sentences for the four counts of lying to law enforcement officials, to be served consecutively. But he conceded she could be free ‘by August, maybe late July.”
Casey has already served nearly three years in prison — and she’ll be returning to Orange County Jail today.
She looked shocked at the verdict, with commentators speculating she expected to walk free from court, dressed casually and with her hair down.
Earlier Casey’s defense attempted to have the four counts of lying reduced to one, alleging her lies took place during one conversation, meaning she committed “one continuous crime.”
Her lies included the claim that she worked at Universal Studios and that Caylee was in the care of a fictional nanny called Zenaida ‘Zanny’ Fernandez-Gonzales.
The prosecution countered that the lies took place in “multiple statements across a period of twelve hours.”
A prosecution attorney also reminded the judge the lies were “intended to send law enforcement officials on a wild goose chase.”
Judge Belvin Perry agreed, dismissing the defense request, before handing her the absolute maximum sentence available to him.
He told the court, “As a result of those four separate and distinct lies, law enforcement expended a significant amount of time, energy and manpower looking for young Caylee Marie Anthony.”
On Tuesday Casey was sensationally found NOT GUILTY of murdering her daughter Caylee in 2008.
– Ian Garland
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