The main players of the Casey Anthony were back in the courtroom today for Anthony’s sentencing — but they were all looking much less tense.
Anthony, in particular, couldn’t seem to stop smiling and giggling prior to the sentencing.
But she sobered up as the sentence came down:
After some debate about her charges, Anthony was sentenced to one year in jail and one $1,000 fine for each of four false information charges.
That’s the maximum sentence available to the court.
Anthony served almost four years in jail while awaiting and undergoing trial, so that time may be applied to her sentence, resulting in her new time served being much shorter.
UPDATE: Anthony will reportedly serve just six days of the sentence.
The defence argued for Anthony’s four counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer to be reduced to one count — based on the fact that the lies that led to the charges occurred over the course of a single conversation.
Anthony showed no reaction as Judge Belvin Perry discussed Anthony’s invented information with the defence.
The prosecution refuted the defence’s position, saying that Anthony did have breaks between her statements, and thus they each constitute their own chargeable offence.
Perry eventually decided to let the four counts stand.
The prosecution also asserted that the state will seek reimbursement from Anthony for “special costs” of the investigation and trial — that idea was floated this morning.
One positive thing out of this morning’s proceedings?
Judge Perry, in discussing further scheduling with the legal teams, mentioned that he’s about to go on vacation. We think he’s earned it.
Video of the sentencing below.
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