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.
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. Mekell

    Somebody should check on Nancy and Jane. I think they might hyperventilate.

    July 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Especially Nancy Grace. She might have the first orgasm of her life if the verdict is guilty.

      July 5, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      that was funny

      July 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pubeefa

      I can't even look at Nancy Grace's face without vomiting a little in my mouth.

      July 5, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • pastafarian

      lol. wow.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • palintwit

      When is Sarah Palin going to weigh in on this one? Right now teabaggers all over the country are wandering around their trailer parks like little lost zombies, waiting for words of wisdom and sage advice from their queen.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beatles

      That's the verdit Nancy Grace 'NOT GUILTY' I know you gonna have a fit over this one lets see your face expressions and those twitches :>(I) so there---

      July 5, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lindalou

    I'll tune in tomorrow after all the talking heads have dissected the decision.

    July 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Me

    Who takes an accidental death (per the defense) and tries to make it look like murder?

    July 5, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • You

      Who acidentally kills a child but instead of calling paramedics (per the mother) decides to duct tape, bag and toss the bag into a wooded area?

      July 5, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Justice for Caylee

    God please justice for CAYLEE

    July 5, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Hmmm...praying for the death of another human being...Really? Only Christians...

      This is NOT about Justice for Caylee. This entire case was a high profile witch hunt. Once the state decided they were through dealing with Casey's lies, they simply charged her and began pulling stuff out of the air and twisting it to make it fit their case. Even the judge has been obviously biased for the state. What a joke. The truly sad fact of the matter is that this young woman's life is at stake in all of this madness. She may very well be guilty of something, but the state has NOT proved that she murdered anyone, much less her own daughter.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • LUCY


      July 5, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Justice for Caylee

    God be with the parents

    July 5, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • achipotle

      guess God was busy the day the girl died....wow, who can figure out His weird love for us? Mysterious! Theocracy now!

      July 5, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jellymon

    One way or another, minus the appeal of course, glad it's over..............

    July 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Devils advocate

    Am I the only one out here who thinks the prosecution did NOT prove their case. I do think she is guilty, but the prosecution did not prove it. With completely unlimited resources, and Star Trek-type technology, you would think that they could come up with PHYSICAL evidence that DIRECTLY links her to the crime. I am disappointed with the State’s performance.

    July 5, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      I agree.

      July 5, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • one4truth

      See SCOTT PETERSON CASE and then look up LOGIC and COMMON SENSE! I tell you to look up IDIOT, but Jose's picture is already on page!!!1

      July 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chrissy

      There was other evidence not entered into evidence as it would have muddied the waters. i.e. the syringe that was found with the body that had traces of chloroform in it. Unfortunately, it also had traces of testosterone. My guess is it belonged to the boyfriend initially but was used by Casey on Caylee. That needle batch can be looked up and traced back to who it was issued to. If steroids were used by him or someone else, then they may also be involved. If diabetic friend had first, they can say who they gave the needle to. -it would be traceable somehow.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chrissy

      needle was also in a closed gatorade container, so may have dna evidence....hmmmmm

      July 5, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      I completely agree. There is not enough evidence to find her guilty of the murder counts. She will definitely be found guilty of giving false information to an officer of the law.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Donna

    I hope she is found not guilty just to see Nancy's head spin around and explode.

    July 5, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Justice for Caylee

    This is about a little girl.....

    July 5, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rehab

    Non capital... The jury couldn't have the weight of her death upon them. Life on the inside in a max pen in Fl, that would be worse than death. She will live with this everyday of her life if there is no suicide.

    July 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Oops

    @Mike – Hilarious!!

    July 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ver Dict

    Split screen please
    I want to see Caseys reaction
    and George & Cindys reaction.
    Wonder if Lee Anthony will even show ?

    July 5, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. justathought

    Somebody may make a accident look like murder or may try to cover up an accident if that person was worried about what the autopsy would find. I believe the autopsy would have found a large amount of prescription drugs in Caylee's system resulting in the mother being charged. Just thought I would share my thought as I have not seen anybody else think of this possibility.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. trigtwit...America's favorite tard baby.

    ...ppffttttrrrappp... (translation = guilty)

    July 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Antony's Cash In

    Which anthony writes the first book to cash in on this big adventure? Since a criminal can't make money off the book, her victims – the grandparents could. Or, is one of the other disfunctionals going to write it? Lee? Cindy? or George? Or that lizzard baez?

    July 5, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Art

      as it happens, she now can! great work FL.!

      July 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • lorstar1

      She can write a book and make a movie...she was found Not guilty!!

      July 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
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