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. Chelsi

    I think this monster should die painfully and slow! What kind of person could do this to a child? I hope she feels all the pain she has inflicted on that little girl! Casey Anthony if there is a hell I hope you suffer there forever!

    July 5, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • are we christian?

      So many people want to crucify Casey Anthony when the evidence is lacking or questionable. Any parent that would kill a child needs mental help, not prison. Otherwise we should send every parent to prison because most parents have “abused” their children in some way by hitting them, mental games, etc. Time people stop being out for blood and start dealing with our problems.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • cheri

      Just like when OJ was found not guilty his life as been one horrible event after another, this is what will happen with her also, how can she have any kind of peace,? of course being a person with personality disorder we forget she does not think like the "rest of us with feelings and a morale compass, her poor family, trying to repair the damage she has done now, the accusations of abuse, the judge CAN overturn the verdit at sentencing time.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Partyboy

    I haven't followed as close as most. Has Caylee's father ever been identified? Has he made any type of public comment?

    July 5, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • MaggieJS

      Not ID'd, but one woman has said she thinks her son, who was killed in an accident, might have been the father.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Partyboy

      I was just curious. Everyone have fun with the verdict!

      July 5, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • cheri

      never identified, she probably doesn't know

      July 5, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • van

      Caylee's Father was identified the first 2 days of court and he was put on the witness stand. I think Casie's brother should be investigated as he shed tears on the stand and said he was "left out of family matters" after Caylee was born. He may have killed the child due to his jealousy since she was born. As a grown man he wept like a child on the witness stand and I believe he is psychologically unstable and should definitely be checked out.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jason Gunn

    by no means a legal expert but couldn't the defense have made a (strong) case for insanity? Anyone who shamelessly implicates her family in such a disturbing manner, and who lies on such an epic scale is clearly insane. No?

    July 5, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Christina V.

    Please God find her guilty of capital first degree murder! She needs lethal injection!

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

      I don't think he was one of the selected jurors.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • DBM

      ron jeremy- absolutely the most perfect response ever.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles Stevens

      Deuteronomy 21 – God commanded her to kill her child for disobedience.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Paul

    WHO CARES? This is the most stupid worthless news story. IT has been on the news and televison 24/ 7. I really do NOT care about this case and find it really morbid and stupid that people want to follow every stupid worthless detail.

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

      Then why take the time to comment?

      July 5, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clar

      And yet you're interested enough to link to the story online and post a comment.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hugo

    "Four counts of giving false information to law enforcement regarding a missing person"

    Why is that a crime? I understand why lying is a crime. Why would simply being mistaken be a crime?

    July 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • ott

      It's not being mistaken that is a crime. She misled the police to the point of hindering the investigation.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Haven

      Hugo: she wasn't "mistaken". She flat out lied about several important details. Big difference

      July 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. writingbiz

    Hate to be picky: People don't "shake" their head yes. That's called a nod. Shaking your head means left to right and right to left. It means "no." Get it right, reporters!

    July 5, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles Stevens

      I looked up the definition of shake. You are wrong.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • tj

      thanks for that worthless reply, writingbiz...

      July 5, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rdv9

    If guilty, then what? Nancy Crace won't have anything to do, thats what.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MaryinKS

    I advocate that she get first degree murder charges. I have followed this case and read alot of discovery that was not brought up in the court room. I felt at first she had just lost it and suffocated her daughter about 2 pm on June 16, 2008 in her parents home. I also thought she might have accidently drowned and then Casey covered it up to look like a kidnapping. After hearing how the pets were lethargic in March around the time the cholorform searches were done and numerous pets died, especially the 2 in her senior year, has finally led me to believe this is a souless human being that would kill again if left the chance. However, I do not advocate for the death penalty as the death penalty will only open up for appeal. Just keep her locked up at least for life or the very least long enough till she is in menopause and is unable to bear more children. She will create a new fanasty world for herself in prision and we can all go one to live our lives safely.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. *Norma

    Humans like you make sick.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jolie

      she has a right to her OPINION ...

      July 5, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. M Price

    Our entire legal system has become a joke. There is no wrong or right. It just depends on who has the most money and who owes who a favor. The whole system needs to be based on the principles that our country was founded on.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. marianne

    I guess we can now all get away with murder in this country. What a disgrace.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. OJ

    Caylee,

    Start working on your book and don't forget that you cheated the hang man – this time.

    OJ

    July 5, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. GMAN

    THATS SO STUPID

    July 5, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Peter

    OMG! NOT GUILTY? What next? I bet she will be offered a reality TV show, book, and movie deal and will walk away rich. This country and it's system makes me SICK!

    July 5, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
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