Casey Anthony Verdict: What the Jury Must Decide

Possible Sentences for Casey Anthony
Casey Anthony
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updated 07/04/2011 at 04:00 PM EDT

originally published 07/04/2011 04:45PM

The Casey Anthony murder trial went to the jury Monday. And their decision is far more complicated than guilty or not guilty – or even whether she will face the death penalty.

Anthony is charged with the murder of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee and her fate could vary extremely, depending on whether the jury finds that Caylee's death was premeditated, not premeditated, or accidental.

On the murder charge alone there are several possible findings that the jury may reach, according to the Orlando Sentinel.





• Guilty of capital first-degree murder (premeditated)
Sentence: Death by legal injection or life in prison with no chance of probation.

• Guilty of first-degree murder, non capital (premeditated)
Sentence: Life in prison with no chance of probation.

• Guilty of second-degree murder (non-premeditated)
Sentence: 16-3/4 years to life in prison with a chance for probation.

• Guilty of manslaughter (Anthony didn't intend for Caylee to die)
Sentence: Up to 15 years in prison.

• Not guilty

In addition to a murder verdict, the jury will also decide on the following charges:

• Aggravated manslaughter of a child
Sentence: Maximum of 30 years in prison.

• Aggravated child abuse
Sentence: Maximum of 30 years in prison.



• Providing false information to police regarding a missing person
Sentence: Up to 1 year in prison for each count.

Jury deliberations could last several weeks.

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