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Under bill proposal, Casey Anthony could have gotten up to 20 years

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Senator Joe Negron

By Sascha Cordner

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Tallahassee, FL – A special Florida Senate panel heard today (Thursday) a proposal that might have kept Casey Anthony behind bars right now, if the proposal was law. As Sascha Cordner reports, the proposal would increase the penalties for lying during a missing child investigation.

During the Senate Select Committee Meeting on Protecting Florida's Children, Republican Senator Joe Negron of Stuart, the committee chair, proposed drafting a bill that would make it a felony for lying to investigators who are searching for a missing child under the age of 17:

"The bottom line is, if your child is missing and you're intentionally and willfully misleading law enforcement, that's evil behavior and it won't be tolerated. By making it a third-degree felony, I think we're making that statement if that child ends up being seriously injured or deceased."

Though Casey Anthony was acquitted, she was found guilty on four counts of misleading law enforcement. Under Negron's proposal, the maximum would go from one year to five years for each sentence, meaning Casey Anthony could have faced up to 20 years in prison.