Casey Anthony Sentenced to 4 Years, But...
...she'll be given credit for time served
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2011 8:41 AM CDT
Casey Anthony enters the courtroom for her sentencing on charges of lying to a law enforcement officer at the Orange County Courthouse Orlando, Fla., Thursday, July 7, 2011.   (AP Photo/Joe Burbank, Pool)
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(Newser) – Casey Anthony was sentenced to four years in prison today for lying to police—but she will be given credit for time served. She has already spent 997 days in jail, and CNN estimates that she could be out by the end of summer due to that and good behavior time. Judge Belvin Perry informed the court that they would figure out the exact amount of time served. Each of the four counts she was convicted on carried a maximum sentence of one year in prison. Inside the courtroom, Anthony appeared relaxed, reports the Orlando Sentinel, which notes that her hair, normally done up in a bun, was worn down.

But the scene was one of trepidation outside the courthouse this morning, the Sentinel adds. At least two deputies were toting gas masks, fearing the crowd's reaction to today's sentencing. Other cops patrolled the scene on horses. (And a juror finally speaks. Click to read why the verdict made her "sick.")