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. Terry

    Just goes to show how broken our justice system is. She goes scott free and no one was there for the victim. Just like the bankers who all got rich robbing the middle class. The Taliban have been justice then we do.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Injustice

    She will TRY to get back into society after she is released. However, she WILL NEVER be part of society again. NO ONE will ever hire her. She will turn tricks and then wind up on "celeb" rehab like the rest of 'em. She is the gutter of humanity. Hopefully someone in prison will take care of this problem.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric Seaman

      This story will be forgotten before we know it. Cnn will report many other stories about dead cute children for our entertainment. Sad but true.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. linda

    children aren't safe in Fl.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hmmm

    WOW. What did the jurors hear that we didn't. Will be very interested to hear why they acquitted.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • penguinbaby

      They probably did not hear half of what we heard. Unfortunatey only some things are admissable in court.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gazza

    "I think this monster should die painfully and slow!"

    What sort of person wishes such a thing on another?

    July 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jay

    Wow! She got away with acing her daughter...This is almost as bad as OJ

    July 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Zeke2112

    Not really surprised. In the day and age of CSI, juries want absolute proof and bulletproof forensics, which did not exist in this case. The only obvious point was that this little girl died, and nothing proved beyond a shadow of a doubt whether it was a badly-covered accident or malicious murder.

    The system works as it should. If you have rage about this, blame the jury. If anyone failed here, it's them.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Summer

      Can't blame the jury. Blame the prosecutors- they are supposed to supply the jury with information beyond a shadow of a doubt she did it and they apparently didn't do this. You can't just convict off of your feelings. If so I would have said fry her ass. The jury has to decide with only the information given to them and that alone. Such a sad day for such a beautiful little girl that will never have a chance to grow up herself.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zeke2112

      Can't blame the prosecutors if there was no case to begin with. People are quick to assume that if the state doesn't win a murder case, the prosecutors or police must have bungled something. No one every considers the fact that the defense might have been right at the start, and that this might have been a sad accident that annihilated Casey's mental state.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. eeniemeanie

    There is no justice for Caylee Marie Anthony.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. geriyvonne

    Justice sucks!!! She is guilty and her and lawyer needs to be hung!!

    July 5, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • cynic82

      The lawyers were only doing the job they were hired to do.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Devin

    This was exactly what I predicted. Although I believe she had everything to do with Caylee's death there simply was no hard evidence that said she definitely did it. Yes, she exhibited a lot of illogical behavior, told numerous lies and showed little emotion much of the time, but these things in and of themselves do not equal murder!

    July 5, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kbh002

    Unbelievable. Where is the justice? That poor child. How could the prosecutor let this happen? How can you not report your child missing for a month? I just don't get it.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zeke2112

      Wait, so it's only justice if the prosecution wins?

      July 5, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Vomit

    what a sad day!

    July 5, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RLEE

    Unreal – I am speechless!! What were the jurors thinking? I hope that they will be able to live with their decision. Casey is now a marked woman, she'd be safer in jail than out in society. And to add insult, she probably won't spend anytime in jail for the 4 counts of false information based on the time she's already served. My faith in the justice system continues to decline...

    July 5, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zeke2112

      I know! How could a jury of 12 reach a unanimous verdict without hearing your expert analysis of the evidence based on media coverage? Don't they realize that armchair jurors and Nancy Grace wannabes understand this case so much better than the jury?

      July 5, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jolie

      yea, me too...did you see her immediate reaction? a fast smile! that she wiped off almost as fast as she made it! ... that girls EVIL ....

      July 5, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bob P.

    OK – So now 12 people have listened and judged her not guilty. If that is good enough for the laws of this country then it is good enough for me. I would like to Miss Anthony start suing all of you idiots who have been calling her guilty all of these months WITHOUT knowing what happened or what the evidence is. Especially Nancy Grace – probably the worst of all of you.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • TAYLOR

      Your a DA

      July 5, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • stacy

      YOU ARE AN IDIOT IF YOU CAN SLEEP AT NIGHT AND REALLY THINK THAT WHAT HAPPENED TODAY WAS RIGHT! YOU MUST NOT HAVE CHILDREN!!!! ANY PARENT THAT CAN PARTY WHILE THEIR DAUGHTER IS MISSING (FOR 30 DAYS) AND NOT REPORT IT SHOULD BE CHARGED WITH SOMETHING. YOU ARE SICK IN THE HEAD IF YOU THINK SHE IS INNOCENT.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jolie

      PLEASE!! SHE WAS CELEBRATING!!! FR 30 DAYS!! .. NOT KNOWING WHERE HER CHILD WAS? ...
      GETTING A TATTOO THAT MEANS "BEAUTIFUL LIFE! .." WHO DOES THAT? .... *ONLY A PERSON THAT KNEW *EXACTLY WHERE HER KID WAS BURIED!!

      July 5, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gerald Carter

    She was found not guilty by a jury of her peers. Do any of you who disgree with the verict know what this even means? The jury did not have enough evidence to convict. The State did not do a good job presenting their case or there was not enough evidence to convict. Like it or not, she is not guilty of the crime other than the crime of lying to the police.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jolie

      OH, NOOOOO... SHE IS GUILTY SHE cheated the system!

      July 5, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
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