Casey Anthony Sentenced to 4 Years

Maximum sentence for Orlando woman acquitted of daughter's murder

By Brian Hamacher
|  Thursday, Jul 7, 2011  |  Updated 11:57 AM EDT
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Casey Anthony Sentenced to 4 Years

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Casey Anthony enters the courtroom for her sentencing on charges of lying to a law enforcement officer at the Orange County Courthouse.

Casey Anthony has been sentenced to four years for lying to investigators in the death of her daughter, but will be out of jail in a matter of days due to time served.

Judge Belvin Perry sentenced Anthony to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine on all four counts of lying to investigators in an Orlando courtroom Thursday morning.

The sentence is the maximum allowed by the law, but Anthony will be released on July 13 after receiving credit for the nearly three years she has already spent behind bars.

Anthony had been behind bars while awaiting trial in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

Anthony's attorneys had asked Perry to treat the four misdemeanor counts as one because all the lies occurred in the same interview with investigators, but he declined.

Prosecutors said Anthony lied about working at the Universal Studios theme park, about leaving
her daughter with a non-existent nanny named Zanny, about leaving the girl with friends and about receiving a phone call from her.

The 25-year-old Anthony was acquitted Tuesday of murdering Caylee, who disappeared in 2008.

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