Casey Anthony Release Date Pushed Back To July 17

ORLANDO (CBS4) – Casey Anthony will be spending a few more days in jail then originally thought.

Anthony was initially scheduled to be freed next Wednesday, July 13th. But late Thursday night officials  announced the release date will be pushed back to Sunday, July 17th.

During a sentencing hearing Thursday morning, Judge Belvin Perry sentenced the 25-year old Orlando woman to four years in jail and fined her four thousand dollars for lying to police during their investigation into the disappearance of her daughter Caylee three years ago.   She lied to them 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.

The sentence was ultimately shortened to 10 days after taking into account her good behavior and time served.

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“It’s a mess,” said Dan Bension who watched the sentencing hearing as he ate breakfast at the Front Porch restaurant on Miami Beach,  “I suppose she has already done three, so I don’t know, I think the whole thing is a mess.”

Theresa Byrd said her main concern was not with Casey, but with Caylee.

“We really need to find out what happened because I really would like to know what happened to her daughter,” said Byrd.

Miami attorney Steven Kozlowski barely glanced at the television in the restaurant when the Judge Perry handed down the sentence.  He said he really hasn’t followed the trial or make a comment on the verdict.

“The jury is the only one that has been sitting there listening to all the evidence from the beginning, they are the only ones who can really make decisions,” said Kozlowski.

Earlier this week a jury of seven women and five men took less than 11 hours to find Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter and aggravated child abuse.

Many people across South Florida were shocked at the verdict.

“I’m devastated as to this verdict,” Debra Bunker said. “I cannot believe that the verdict has come true to pass. This is another OJ. There is nobody to protect the little voices to say anything. I don’t understand. I don’t.”

After the verdict was read and a smiling Anthony was led away by bailiffs as her attorneys faced reporters. They took no questions, but they blasted the media legal pundits for the way Anthony’s case was handled.

“I hope that this is a lesson to those of you who have indulged in a media assassination for three years, biased, prejudice, and incompetent talking heads saying what would be and what ought to be,” said attorney Cheney Mason.

Lead defense attorney Jose Baez also echoed Mason’s sentiment in that cases like this should not be tried in the media by ‘talking heads’.

“This case has brought on new challenges for all of us.  Challenges in the criminal justice system, challenges in the media, and I think we should all take this as an opportunity to learn and to realize that you cannot convict someone until they’ve had their day in court,” he said.

During month long trial prosecutors argued  that Anthony killed Caylee because the toddler interrupted her carefree partying and love life.

Anthony’s attorneys countered that the girl drowned in the family’s pool. They said Anthony panicked and that her father, a former police officer, decided to make the death look like a homicide by placing duct tape over the child’s mouth and dumping the body in some nearby woods. George Anthony has denied that.

“While the family may never know what has happened to Caylee Marie Anthony, they now have closure for this chapter of their life. They will now begin the long process of rebuilding their lives,” said attorney Mark Lippman, speaking for Anthony’s estranged family, who were blamed during trial for sexually abusing Casey, sexual affairs, lies and covering up Caylee’s true demise.

The verdict means that officially Caylee Anthony’s killer is still at large. Prosecutors made no statement about what, if anything, will be done to pursue any other leads in that case. Orange County prosecutor Lawson Lamar did say police and prosecutors will go back to work on the thousands of other cases they have, including other cases involving dead children.

  • Peter

    I’d hit on her, but I wouldn’t give her my real name or contact info

  • Rich and Greedy

    Funny how the the prosecutor conveniently retired yesterday and is appearing on CNN prime time tonight. He also appeared on ‘The View’ this morning. His fees will exceed $1.7 million according to news net. This is the real crime. Who is exploiting who?
    Shame on him. He should have to share the fees with his victims.

    • Abuse of power

      This case has exposed abuse of power at many levels. Nancy Grace who has slandered Casey and company, not to mention the undereducated and over-emotional Bill Rilley who made $15 million on this case last year in commercial revenues following segments on his show. Nice going Bill.

      It’s time the media is held accountable for their irresponsible behavior. Preying on the lower IQ public with strong emotional supposition. They may be dumb but that’s no reason to exploit the middle class dummies who help build this country with their labor.

  • Again $ talks

    Why is the prosecutor in NYC appearing on the View? Later today on CNN? Shouldn’t he be in FLA? How much does he deserve? Those shows pay large fees. This si crazy

    • The judge is exploiting too

      He is an arrogant prosecutor. His timing beath the henchman so to speak. He would be gone after his arrogance surfaced on national TV.

      You are correct however, he will make milions this week from appearances. The system needs mending. These are the signs.

      The Judge gives seguential sentences to avoid having to pay her for erroneously serving time. He covers hit butt and throws the book at her on whimpy misdemeanor charges. In any other state there would be no jail sentence for those. He is a wimp too and wants to ensure re-election. They should have left with their tails between their legs instead.

  • erick

    Casey is now free, but her seemed irresponsibility on taking care for her late daughter (it does not mean she killed her, of course) will stalk her for the rest of her life. Time will tell who killed the little girl and thus provide a sense of justice to be done.

    • El Buitre

      no, it won’t haunt her.She’ll go out, make another one, and do the same thing…this was covered up cos the kid’s father was a cop.

  • erick

    and one more thing, should death penalty be banned in the U.S. This country has got to stop advocating for the ban of such punishment internationally while encouraging (or at least allowing it) it at home. No punishment is gruesome and unconstitutional as the death penalty.

  • Sheryl

    The Jury got it right! Why doesn’t the media tell the truth?????

    How did her daughter die?? No proof as to how, no proof she did it – how can she be convicted with out proof?? The prosecution did not prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. That is the law! I don’t think she if a good person, nor do I think she was a good mother – but you cannot convict on those things alone, you need proof! S.B.

  • lorraine

    I find it ignorant and stupid of the people to accuse Casey Anthony on the death of her daughter, the proof was on the state as to who killed this baby and they did not prove it so the state drop the ball. I believe in my heart if Casey committed the crime it will surface, because God sits high and looks low.
    O.J. Simpson thought he had gotten away, but he was caught. so if Casey killed her baby she will get caught, perhaps in some other crime, you can run but you certainly can’t hide, your sins will catch up with you. The 12 jury found her not guilty because of a reasonable doubt, so the people need to let it go until God make his move.

  • Clifford Kinne


    Yes she should be released and orange county sheriff’s office should be out looking for the real killed ? is it the DAD Retired police officer could have covered up the crime area & the mom knows. Put casey did not do it..

  • GG

    I do not like to judge people but Casey Anthony leaves me no choice but to believe she committed the crime. Why? How come when she claimed her daughter went missing she never reported it. She showed no fear or concern. I have a six year old daughter and when she is out of my site for 5 seconds, I panick. Why lie about a nanny who never existed. All the lies she said, my question is why? How come she was never called to the stand to answer questions that could probably give us more clues? They say you cannot find someone guily unless you have evidence but with the kind of lies she said, isn’t that enough to at least want to find out why she said what she said? The scent in her car. What about that? I think there is a lot more than we really know but I want Casey Anthony to know, that God knows and everything in darkness comes to light.

  • Tony kamo

    Heres a reality show concept..put this lady under hypnosis our truth serum and interrogate her.The money raised can go towards jhelping child p protection.

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