Casey Anthony will know today if she will still have to spend more months inside prison or gets to enjoy the free life immediately.
The sentencing procedure will start at the Orange County courthouse at 9 AM. The 25-year-old, accused of killing her two-year-old daughter, had been acquitted by the jury of major offences on Tuesday. She was found guilty in four counts of misdemeanor. Each guilty count attracts up to one year in prison, but the fact that she has already spent three years in jail will kick in.
Whether she will have to continue her life as an inmate will depend on how long a sentence the judge hands her for the guilty verdict in four counts. WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer has calculated that Casey could be released in about four months, according to Chicago Tribune.
A lot of people are speculating what Casey will do once she is out of prison. Will there be revenge attacks on her? Will she be accepted back by her parents into the family? Will she continue her party-loving ways? Or even, will she do an OJ Simpson and accept guilt sometime later? It looks near certain that Casey will write a memoir on her life and the case and make some smart money. It would also be possible that in the near-term Casey will get paid fabulous sums by media organizations for exclusive interviews.
There is no clue as to what her immediate whereabouts will be, though. Due to the high profile nature of this case and intense, emotional interest by the public, appropriate measures will be taken to release the individual into the community in such a manner so as to preserve the safety of the individual and the public, a jail spokesman said in a statement.
So far there is no sign that the family will soon forgive her for the mindless slander she and her defense team inflicted on them. Parents George and Cindy left the court room without talking to her, after the verdict, Reports say they never made an attempt to talk to her in prison so far.
It emerged recently that as an under trial prisoner, Casey had given cold shoulders to her family. She is reported to have said talking to them was a 'waste, a sheer waste'.
Meanwhile some jurors have commented in public about the case and the verdict. One juror, a 32-year-old woman, said some of them were sick in stomach about the verdict, implying that they knew she was guilty, but there wasn’t enough proof to convict her.
On Tuesday the jury decided that Casey did not kill 2-year-old Caylee Anthony three years ago. It was a dramatic and controversial conclusion of the legal battle that had the nation riveted for over a month.
The jury said Casey Anthony was not guilty of first degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter. She was found guilty only in four counts relating to the lies she told the investigators.
Despite presenting a mountain of circumstantial evidence against Casey, the prosecution failed to convince the jury that there indeed was damning physical evidence to prove that Casey was guilty of homicide. The prosecution also failed to nail down the cause of Caylee's death.