That’s what Casey Anthony gets.
In the abstract, that’s a ridiculously harsh sentence – the maximum conceivable given what she was convicted of. Time served was really the only appropriate sentence at this point.
On the practical level, though, she’s safer in jail right now than she would be anywhere else.
Seriously, people should just calm the fuck down. Did anyone see this? Make sure you watch that video (h/t Mike at C&F). Now to those of us at some distance it’s kind of amusing. But if I were Casey Anthony or even Jose Baez it would scare the shit out of me and I’d already be making plans to leave the country.
It wouldn’t be the first time that verdicts were overtaken by events, as they used to say in Washington DC.
Update: One thing I forgot to mention: no probationary period. This is important, because it means the defendant is completely free when they leave jail. She can leave the area – even the country – immediately. And that’s probably what she should do.