Orlando, Fla. – The Casey Anthony jury has obtained instructions from Judge Belvin Perry and began deliberating Casey’s fate Monday, July 4. Although she has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony, 2, she also faces several other charges regarding the crime. In addition, if the jury decides Casey is guilty of one of the crimes with which she is charged, each charge comes with a variety of possible sentences.
The first and harshest charge Casey faces is first-degree murder. This charge involves a murder that was planned or was performed while the perpetrator was engaged in an enumerated felony, one of which includes aggravated child abuse. If convicted, she’ll received a minimum sentence of life, which in Florida means she will never be eligible for parole or early release. She could also be sentenced to death if convicted of this type of murder.
Casey is also charged with a lesser included offense, second-degree murder. This is differentiated from first degree murder in that no premeditation has to be found, just a depraved mind. This would mean the jurors found that Casey engaged in an act that was immnently dangerous to her daughter, which resulted in her death. The maximum penalty for this type of killing is life, however, the minimum sentence for this charge is about 25 years behind bars.
Casey also faces the charge of aggravated child abuse. If convicted, she could face a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a minimum sentence of about 12 years.
Aggravated manslaughter of a child is also a charge on the table, and if found guilty of this crime, Casey could face a maximum sentence of 30 years behind bars, with a minimum sentence of around 17 years.
Finally, Casey is charged with four counts of giving false information to a law enforcement officer in reference to a missing person. For this, if found guilty she could be sentenced to one year in jail for each count, thus, she could receive four years if the sentence for each count is run consecutively. However, theoretically, at a minimum she could spend only a year behind bars if she is given concurrent sentences if found guilty of this crime.
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