Anthony case closed: set to release July 17th

The case that stirred up most of America, and left the public on edge watching the news has finally come to a close.  Casey Anthony, a Florida resident who was on trial in Orlando for the alleged murder of her 2-year-old daughter, was found not guilty earlier this week.

She was, instead, found guilty on charges of lying to the police, where the judge sentenced her to four years in jail.  However, due to her serving time in jail for the past three years and good behavior, the former mother has been given an official release date of July 17th.

It was three years ago that Anthony’s daughter Caylee was reported missing in June 2008.  Several evidence including false stories and the smell of decomposition in Casey’s abandoned car led officials to believe she killed her own child.

Casey was taken into custody that summer and had been serving time since.  Caylee’s body wasn’t found until December 2008, where most of the remains had decomposed.  A proper autopsy could not be made, but a new abundance of evidence aroused both sides of the case.  Anthony had been on trial since the beginning of this summer.

On Tuesday, July 5, Casey was acquitted from charges of first degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter of a child.  Yet, with all major convictions waived, the jury still found her guilty on four counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer.

With the final verdict, the Florida judge sentenced a year in jail for each charge Casey was found guilty.  However, because of the time she served in jail since her arrest, Anthony’s sentence for the guilty charges had nearly evened out.  Not only so, but thanks to her good behavior in custody, she will soon be free by mid-July.

The original date had been set for the 13th, but it wasn’t until this Thursday, July 7, that a final release date was made for the 17th.

Anthony’s parents, who had been by Casey’s side the entire time of the case, plan to rebuild their lives now that the verdict has come to a close.  Though most of the public has been watching since the beginning of the trial, generating heated debates about the final decision amongst the jury.  All will likely await her intentions on spending her last days in jail and plans after the release.