ORLANDO, Fla. (CBS/AP) – It was a verdict that many spectators compared to the O.J. Simpson murder trial. A Florida jury found Casey Anthony not guilty of murder.
Next Wednesday, Anthony will be freed after spending nearly three years in jail on accusations she killed her 2-year-old daughter, punctuating a case that captured the nation’s attention and bitterly divided many over whether she got away with murder.
At the Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown Thursday, finding someone who supported the verdict did not pan out.
“I feel she probably did it,” and “I believe she was guilty too,” were just a couple of the comments from diners who followed the case as they watched the sentencing.
While cleared of charges of killing and abusing her daughter Caylee, Anthony was convicted of lying to investigators and sentenced Thursday to four years, the maximum punishment she faced.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports
But she was given credit for the time she has already served and her good behavior, and she was set to be released Wednesday. Judge Belvin Perry also fined her $1,000 on each of the four counts.
WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports.
It’s not clear what the future holds when Anthony is released. Anthony is a high school dropout who, before her arrest, had limited work experience.
Some experts think she could land a book deal, which is not sitting will with many.
“I absolutely don’t believe she should gain from this at all. That’s not right at all,” said Watertown resident Denine Dost.
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