Post by maherjunkie on Jul 5, 2011 13:43:56 GMT -5
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida jury has acquitted Casey Anthony of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.
Anthony began crying when the jury's verdict was read Tuesday after more than 10 hours of deliberations. She hugged her attorney afterward, and a prosecutor shook his head in disbelief. She could have received a death sentence if she had been convicted of first-degree murder.
She was found guilty of lying to investigators. Judge Belvin Perry will sentence her Thursday. She could receive up to a year in jail for each count.
At least the judge didn't back down on giving her the full sentencing for the four counts of lying. It only amounts to another week or so of jail time, taking into account time served and good behavior, but it meant that she wasn't going home just yet.