July 5th, 2011
01:29 PM ET

Casey Anthony: What she's facing if jury finds her guilty

Jurors reached a verdict Tuesday in the Casey Anthony murder trial in Orlando, according to court officials. Anthony, 25,  is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in 2008. In this high-profile case, there's a lot at stake. For the defendant, the verdict is a matter of life and death.

Anthony is charged with seven counts, including first-degree murder; aggravated manslaughter of a child; aggravated child abuse; and four counts of providing false information to law enforcement. As those following the trial across the country anxiously await the jury's verdict, CNN takes a look at all the charges, what a guilty verdict on each charge would mean and what kind of sentence Anthony could be facing if the jury finds for the prosecution.

If you've been captivated by the trial and want to reconsider the evidence, take a look at key points from the defense and prosecution.

And if it's a bit confusing with so many charges and possible sentences, you can always click over to CNN affiliate WESH-TV in Orlando, which has a handy calculator for figuring out possible total sentences depending on whether Anthony is found not guilty or guilty on each of the charges.

Murder charges

Charge: Capital first-degree murder
What it means:
If found guilty, the jury would indicate it believes Anthony planned the murder.
Possible sentence:
Anthony would face death by lethal injection or life in prison without the possibility of parole if recommended by the jury. The judge could overrule this in the sentencing phase but would be required to write an explanation for his disagreement with the jury.

Charge: Noncapital first-degree murder
What it means:
A guilty verdict on this charge would also mean the jury believed Anthony planned the murder.
Possible sentence
: Anthony would face life in prison with possibility of parole.

Charge: Second-degree murder
What it means:
A guilty verdict on this charge would show the jury did not believe Anthony planned to killed her daughter.
Possible sentence:
Anthony would face 16¾ years to life in prison with possibility of parole.

Charge: Manslaughter
What it means:
If the jury returns a guilty verdict on this charge, it believes Anthony did not mean for her daughter to die as a result of her actions.
Possible
sentence:
Anthony would face up to 15 years in prison.

Other charges

The jury must also deliberate on other charges besides murder:

Charge: Aggravated manslaughter of a child
Possible sentence:
Anthony would face a maximum of 30 years in prison.

Charge: Aggravated child abuse
Possible sentence: Anthony would face a maximum of 30 years in prison.

Charge: Four counts of giving false information to law enforcement regarding a missing person
Possible sentence: Anthony would face up to one year for each count.

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soundoff (176 Responses)
  1. Allan

    When I heard Nancy Grace say she would lie to save the life of her daughter regardless of what she did, I couldn't agree with her more! George Anthony seemed to cooperate with the prosecution so much, I had to wonder why, when his daughter was facing death. God forbid any of us are ever in the same situation, but having a daughter, they would have to convict her without my help.

    July 5, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Jolie

    WOW!! .. this reminds me of the O.J trial!! ... ENJOY your "BELLA VIDA" you Murderous MOM!!!!
    I HOPE new evidence surfaces!

    July 5, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Nancy

    Throw a button out in some woods and make Casey search for it for at least a year!

    July 5, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Patrick

      lol wut?

      July 5, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jane

    its so sad that caylee didnt get justice, her mom should be in jail for the rest of her life or her lfe taken as she did her child...... its so sad may the angels in heaven keep you safe caylee and who ever did u wrong will pay dearly for there sin we all love you caylee

    July 6, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. sarah

    If new evidence does surfaces can new charges be brought up aganist casey anthony besides the ones she has been aquitted for.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Michelle

    The mom doesn't seem to be very bothered about Caylee ,dead, IF she didn't murder her.
    What kind of mom is that!?!?!?!

    July 21, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Carmen

    Can people please STOP calling this POS a "MOM" !!!!!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
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