Attorney general: Anthony should serve probation
ORLANDO — Casey Anthony should be forced to serve probation for check fraud because it was impossible to enforce the sentence when she was jailed while awaiting trial on charges of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Florida’s attorney general said Monday.
A court filing from Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office opposes efforts by Miss Anthony’s attorneys, who say the woman is now back in Florida, to prevent her from serving the probation sentence. Last week, Miss Anthony’s attorneys filed an appeal in state court arguing she had already served the probation sentence while she was jailed on the murder charge.
Miss Anthony was acquitted last month of murdering her daughter, Caylee, in a case unrelated to the check fraud, and she was released from the Orange County Jail. Since then, she has kept a low profile, and her exact whereabouts have been secret.
Circuit Judge Stan Strickland sentenced Miss Anthony to a year of probation in January 2010 after she pleaded guilty to stealing checks from a friend. At the time, Judge Strickland said Miss Anthony should serve the probation upon her release, but those instructions never made it into a written order. Corrections officials interpreted the sentence to mean Miss Anthony could serve the probation while she was in jail.
Judge Strickland clarified in an order earlier this month that Miss Anthony must begin her probation now that she is out of jail. He then recused himself from the case and turned it over to Judge Belvin Perry, who had presided over Miss Anthony’s murder trial. Judge Perry upheld Judge Strickland’s order, which Miss Anthony’s attorneys appealed last week to the 5th District Court of Appeals in Daytona Beach.
If the order is upheld, Miss Anthony has until noon Friday to report to the probation office.
Scout leader stabbed from behind during hike
BUNKER HILL — A 76-year-old man was fatally stabbed while leading Boy Scouts on a hiking trip in northern Indiana, and a suspect who battered his mother and killed a dog at their home nearby is under arrest, police said.
The assistant scout leader, Arthur L. Anderson, had stopped to identify a tree on the Nickel Plate Trail in Bunker Hill on Sunday afternoon when an attacker approached him from behind and stabbed him in the neck, Indiana State Police said. Witnesses told police the attack was unprovoked.
Officers later arrested Shane C. Golitko, 22, of Bunker Hill after he ignored a state trooper’s attempted traffic stop and led police on an eight-mile chase, police said.
Police are holding Mr. Golitko without bond on a murder charge and two felony counts of battery at the Miami County Jail. He is due in Miami Circuit Court on Thursday morning.
Police said Mr. Anderson had been involved in scouting for 50 years.