Casey Anthony Murder Trial Sentencing

Posted: July 7, 2011 by The STR in Casey Anthony murder trial
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UPDATE: Casey Anthony to Be Released on July 13th

Casey Anthony was ordered today to remain in jail after Judge Belvin Perry sentenced her to four years in jail and a fine of $4,000 for lying to law enforcement officials.

The judge gave her a four consecutive jail sentences, but she has already served nearly three years and would get credit for time served as well as good behavior. Perry estimated Anthony could be freed in late July or early August.

Anthony entered the courtroom with her long hair down, as opposed to the tight ponytails she has been sporting throughout the trial. Visibly relaxed before the sentencing, Anthony chatted with her attorneys, laughed and even winked a few times. As the proceeding began, her demeanor became much more reserved and she looked downcast as the judge read the sentencing.

Anthony’s attorneys argued that the four counts of lying should be regarded by the court as one continuous criminal act since all of the lies were told on July 16, 2008. They said that there must be a separation of timpe, place or circumstance in order to not invoke double jeopardy. They believed that the four separate counts should be reduced to one conviction.

The prosecution, however, argued that the lies were told during three seperate statements to police over the course of 12 hours. The prosecutor said that each lie was intended to to mislead law enforcement and send them on a “wild goose chase.”

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