Don’t be surprised if Casey Anthony walks out of jail a free woman after her sentencing Thursday, legal experts say.
Also don’t be surprised if Anthony cashes in on book or movie deals — as her acquittal on serious charges now means she is free to profit off her story, experts say.
With Tuesday’s not guilty verdict on murder charges behind her, Anthony — and the thousands riveted by every twist in the case — now turn their attention to Thursday when the 25-year-old will learn her fate.
A jury on Tuesday found Anthony not guilty of first degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter in the 2008 death of her daughter Caylee.
But she still faces sentencing on four counts of lying to police regarding a missing person case.
Each misdemeanor count carries a maximum sentence of one year in county jail, for which Judge Belvin Perry has the option of sentencing her consecutively or concurrently.
Many legal experts believe Anthony will be freed on time-served because she has already been jailed for about three years.
“I would be surprised if she doesn’t walk out of the courtroom Thursday,” said Atlanta defense lawyer Penny Douglas Furr. “She has served so much time already. I don’t think the judge will make her serve any more time. The real question now is, what will she do next.”
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