Sunday 17 December 2017

Party mom Casey Anthony gets four years jail for lying to police

Casey Anthony sits in court during her sentencing in Orlando, Florida. Photo: Reuters
Casey Anthony sits in court during her sentencing in Orlando, Florida. Photo: Reuters
Casey Anthony, centre, reacts to being found not guilty of murdering her daughter Caylee (2). Photo: Reuters
Caylee Marie Anthony daughter of Casey Anthony
Casey Anthony pictured during her trial with defense counsel Cheney Mason. Photo: Reuters
Casey Anthony pictured enjoying a night out while her two-year-old daughter was missing
The parents of Casey Anthony, George and Cindy Anthony pictured at the memorial for their granddaughter Caylee Anthony
Casey Anthony pictured enjoying a night out while her two year-old daughter was missing reporters

Single mother Casey Anthony who was acquitted of the murder of her daughter Caylee (2), was today sentenced to four years in jail for lying to the police about the child’s disappearance.

Chief Judge Belvin Perry, who presided over her seven week trial, imposed one year terms on each of the counts but gave her credit for time served. As she has been in jail since 2008 she is expected to be released later this month or in early August.

Anthony (25) showed no emotion during the hearing in Orlando, Florida.

She lied to police about working at the Universal Studios theme park, about leaving her daughter with a non-existent nanny named Zanny, about leaving the girl with friends and about receiving a phone call from her.

Defence lawyer Lisbeth Fryer, had argued that Anthony's four convictions for lying to police should be consolidated into one count on the basis that the lies were all told in one conversation.

But, Assistant State Attorney Linda Drane Burdick disagreed, saying, "It is our position that there is a temporal break between the lies." Burdick said Casey's lies were intended to lead law enforcement "on a wild goose chase."

She said Anthony had time to pause and reflect about the lies and they did not occur in one single instance.

Earlier, Burdick said the state was interested in collecting investigative costs from Anthony related to the search for Caylee Marie in 2008.

Public outrage has been building since Anthony was acquitted on Tuesday of first-degree murder and other serious charges in connection with her daughter's death in 2008.

Caylee was reported missing by her grandmother four weeks after she was last seen with her mother Casey at their Orlando home in June 2008.

During that period Cindy Anthony said her daughter had fobbed her off with excuses when she asked to see her granddaughter. When Casey’s car was retrieved from the tow yard her parents said it had a ‘smell of death’.

While her daughter was unaccounted for Casey Anthony partied and put pictures up on social media.

Caylee’s body was found buried in swamp land a mile from the Anthony home six months after she was last seen.

Prosecutors contended Anthony, then 22, suffocated Caylee with duct tape because she was interfering with her desire to be with her boyfriend and party with her friends.

Defence lawyers said the toddler accidentally drowned in the family swimming pool. They said that when Anthony panicked, her father, a former police officer, decided to make the death look like a murder.

They said that Casey had covered up the death due to her dysfunctional childhood that included sexual abuse by her father. George Anthony vehemently denied this allegation.

Despite public outrage at her acquittal, there is now talk of a book and possible movie deals for Casey Anthony. Some pundits are already predicting that Lindsay Lohan would be ideal to play the role of the troubled mother.

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