ORLANDO, Fla (Reuters) – A Florida judge will decide on Thursday whether Casey Anthony remains behind bars or leaves jail a free woman.
Casey was acquitted on Tuesday of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in 2008 but faces possible jail time for lying to police during the investigation.
Each of the four misdemeanor counts Casey was convicted of carries a maximum of one year in jail.
Because she will get credit for the nearly three years she has spent behind bars since her arrest, it is widely believed the 25-year-old will not receive any more jail time.
That would be a shocking end to court proceedings that began more than six weeks ago with prosecutors intending to seek the death penalty if jurors found Casey guilty of first-degree murder.
The prosecution said Casey smothered Caylee with duct tape on June 16, 2008, drove around for several days with Caylee’s body in her car trunk and then dumped the remains in woods near the Anthony family home.
The defense argued that Caylee died in an accidental drowning in the family’s backyard pool.
Millions of Americans followed the trial and were stunned, even angered, by the outcome.
After the verdict, one juror told ABC News that there was not enough evidence to convict Casey but stopped short of saying she was innocent.
Jurors also found Casey not guilty of aggravated child abuse or aggravated manslaughter of a child.
The sentencing is set for 9 a.m. in an Orlando courtroom. Casey has remained jailed since the verdict was reached.
(Writing by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Jerry Norton)
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