Casey Anthony sentenced to four years in jail

Could be free within weeks given time already served

A Florida judge sentenced Casey Anthony to four years in jail Thursday after she was convicted of lying to police investigators. Anthony could nonetheless be released as soon as late July or early August for good behaviour and time already served. Judge Belvin Perry also fined her US$1,000 for each of the four counts of lying to police officers. Earlier this week, Anthony was acquitted of killing and abusing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, who disappeared in June 2008. Defence attorneys argued that the child had accidentally drowned in the family swimming pool and that Anthony’s father, a retired cop, tried to make the accident look like a murder. Anthony’s father has denied these allegations and the prosecution called them absurd. Caylee’s body was later found in a wooded area a short distance the Anthony family home.

Los Angeles Times

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