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. anne

    This waste of human flesh will be out partying next week, with people just as sick as herself. Some idiot man will marry her, and she will have more children. She will probably have a movie made about her, about how such a sweet innocent woman was accused of murdering her own child.
    Just because she is young and pretty, and likes to party like so many young people today, does not make her innocent! I think too many young women relate to her for some reason. Young college girls who like to party themselves are taking pity on her.
    Don't take pity on this evil woman. Look at all the lies, at how she was all smiles right after her daughter was dead. Why would you think someone like this was innocent?

    July 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jill

      Really? Because all my young, pretty female friends that like to party have been all over my newsfeed on Facebook just as–if not more–disgusted as you are that she was found not guilty.

      July 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deb

      Anne. .i totally agree with what you are saying. .but it was our justice system. .or should i say. .ignorant uneducated jurors that sealed her fate. . .they were in such a hurry to get home to their lives. .and go on vacation. .that another week or two of deliberations and the death penalty phase was too much to ask of them. .after all they're going to home to their loved ones. .Caylee Anthony is DEAD... and she didn't even have a decent burial. .not to mention the horrific way she dies by her mothers hand. .the jurors . .abosolutely should be ashamed of their actions. .i hope they have the same miserable demise. .that little two year old girl. .suffered from. ..GOD HELP THEM. . OR NOT

      July 5, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |

    No doubt

    July 5, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |

    Well now she will have plenty of money to do so, a book deal a selling of her story selling of pictures selling of what ever any news outlet will buy. And the sad thing is who ever pays her should be ashamed....

    July 5, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • audrey

      I will turn off the TV if Casey Anthony is making any kind of appearance. I sincerely hope no one offers her any book/TV deals.

      July 5, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. karen davis

    Once again a trial played for a full house- an a murderer gets away, when will the media back off. Does the money they make go to help abused/neglected children? No its our sick "entertainment" source. Maybe OJ & her can get married.

    July 5, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jackie

    She got away with murder, albeit possibly an accidental murder, nonetheless, that evil, evil woman GOT AWAY WITH MURDER. Someday though, she will get hers, she will never escape her karma.

    July 5, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • concernedparent

      i agree 100%

      July 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. concernedparent

    i do know one thing that casey may have fool our judicial system, but she cant fool God in maybe not in this life time but eventually she will pay for the death of that beautiful little girl! only in America........SMH

    July 5, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bruce

    The jury did what it had to,there was no evidence to prove she killed her child....For those people who have nothing good to say,hopefully when you come before god he will judge you better than you have in this case...The police should look more closely at her family....We all should pray for the loss of life and remember that we are not gauranteed the next breath.

    July 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deb

      What mother would let her daughter me missing for 31 days. .duh.. and then to let animals in a swampy area eat her remains and bones. .what is wrong with you. .your a disgusting human being. .oh i'm sorry . .your not even human

      July 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. stike1

    altho the hawks that watched on tv daily convicted her on a daily basis including media and out of work lawyers and socalled legal experts. do not know if she was innocent or guilty but am glad that the television camera's jurors were not able to call the shots. hats off to the level headed jurors who had only the facts as presented to them to base their decision. it is looking like there have to be some modifications in our court systems if there is ever going to be a fair trial in the courtroom without unfair influence on any trials outcome. again kudos to the jurors and may God help them as they get persecuted by the all knowing non particpants.

    July 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Haven

    Well I guess now we've learned to to murder our child in America and get away with it? Just go out and party and don't tell anyone until the evidence rots off the road somewhere and then lie your ass off. No hard evidence? There is no evidence unless there is actual videotape so of course there can always be reasonable doubt. People have been found guilty of far less, far easier. If she didn't do it, she could have told the police a long time ago who did I know that for sure. Something happened to her kid. If she's not telling, she had some involvement in it whether it was intentional or not. She just gambled by holding out....and it paid off for her. Sick.

    July 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Denise Menace

    The jury wanted to go home!!!!! If they voted "Not Guilty" they didn't have to come back in two days for the Penalty Phase (like they would if they voted for murder or aggrevated child abuse). SIMPLE – Not guilty and click your heels three times and your on your way home.... Notice NONE of them (including alternates) would face the media – they should be ashamed of themselves for being so selfish instead of finding justice for Caylee...

    July 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • hlnwatcher

      They are scared at the anger of the community and don't want any repurcussions for their decision.

      July 5, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deb

      Denis . . AMEN. .i totally agree with you .they should be ashamed of themselves. .going back to their daily lives. .and vacations. .was much more important than getting this done. .and done right. Just think that evil woman that they set free . . will be walking amoungst them and their loved ones. . what goes around . .comes around. .called karma
      We can only hope

      July 5, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hlnwatcher

    I followed this case from the begining. i always said if she was found not guilty on the murder they have to know this child just didnt die by natural causes and put herself in a trash bag and dump her own remains. So no one gets punished for this?

    July 5, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Alex K

    This is shocking. With the prosecutor’s stellar closing arguments I was sure the jury was coming back with guilty.

    Poll: Should Casey Anthony have been acquitted of murdering her daughter?
    Vote: http://www.wepolls.com/p/1056161/

    July 5, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joan Sim

    First of all, there is no such thing as "non-capital first-degree murder". First-degree murder is a capital crime. There are non-capital murders such as manslaughter or negligent homicide but they are not "first-degree". Additionally, if she were convicted of those crimes, it WOULDN'T mean that the jury believed she planned the murder. Premeditated murder is first-degree murder...

    July 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Elsie Hrina

    Here we go again. I thought after a not guilty verdict on O J simpson when we all believe he is guilty this would have a hard time happening again but here it is in our laps again. I guess they'll wait until something similiar happens close by and he will take the blame for both. If it happened once and she is not guilty the killer is still out there and will kill again. It should be interesting to sit back and watch and see what happens.

    July 5, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Allan

    Unfortunately that is our justice system. And to think it's the best in the world is beyond belief. Try her ten times with ten different juries and you would get ten different results. Surely innocent defendants can just as easily be wrongly convicted. Makes a good argument against the death penalty except in the rarest of cases of undeniable guilt.

    July 5, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
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