2010- January 25 - Casey Anthony testifies that she takes the plea deal, giving up the right
to go to trial on these charges.
Casey Anthony appeared in court today for a plea deal in the felony fraud
charges stemming from when she forged her former friend Amy Huizenga's
checks and depleted her bank account.
Jose Baez, Attorney for Casey Anthony requested that Judge Strickland sentence her with "equal justice" in accordance with other similar sentences for others charged with the same crimes. He claims Casey Anthony is so hated and that is why she was charged with so many counts. He
wants time served, probationary period of one year following any time served. "She's made full restitution for these charges" - (Jose Baez paid Bank of America on her behalf.)
There are 13 separate crimes or offenses because of 4 stolen checks. The defense wants 9 of those dismissed.
Prosecutor - this case is charged is not uncommon, that being said, Ms. Anthony has pled to all
13 counts, the state never did agree to drop any of the counts. All restitution has been paid.
She's been in custody a year and a half. The state objects to any probationary period.
Judge Strickland rules: 6 adjudicated felonies. Multiple counts are proper, but multiple punishments are not.
Four felony convictions for forgery.
Counts 3, 6, 9, and 12, forgery counts - adjudication of guilt, time served of 412 days..
1 felony conviction for fraudulent use of personal information - there were 4 counts,
convicted on count 2 - fraudulent use of identification - adjudication of guilt, time served 412 days
time served. Withheld adjudication for the other three remaining counts.
Convicted on the felony for Grand Larceny in count 1 - adjudication of guilt, 412 days time served.. The charges are for more than $300 dollars, versus petty theft to grand larceny - pursuant to a course of conduct.
As for the four counts of uttering a forged check - counts 4, 7, 10 and 13...
On each count, a blood, dna sample is to be given.
This covers the core offenses plus 2 that includes counts 1, 2, 3, 6, 9 12...
Counts 5, 8, and 11 - three of the four fraudulent use of personal id - withhold adjudication and sentence to time served and by 1 year of supervised probation once released.
(Judge explains to the public that he can't withold adjudication unless there is a probation attached.)
Runs concurrently with one another and any other sentence she may be serving... which is zero
because this is a first offense.
Sentence with special conditions - No personal contact, direct or indirect with the victim, Amy
She has 30 days to appeal this sentence.
Prosecutor - "Ms. Huizenga does not wish to make a statement, she's not in court."
Casey Anthony - "I wanted to let everyone know I'm sorry for what I did. I take full and complete responsibility to my actions. I apologize to Amy, I wish I had been a better friend."
After making the statement Casey Anthony bursts into tears.
Beth Karas (TruTv)"She is now a convicted felon. Prosecutors could use the convictions against her in the murder case. Crimes of theft are related to her character, for truthfulness."