Casey Anthony will be released from jail on July 13, a court spokeswoman said Thursday. "She was given credit for the time she has already served and her good behavior," reports the Associated Press. The sentencing follows a harrowing trial in which Anthony was found not guilty of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony. Prosecutors tried to convince the Florida jury that Anthony drugged her daughter with chloroform, suffocated her with duct tape and hid her body. Instead, she was only found guilty on four counts of providing false information to law enforcement. For each of the four counts, Anthony was fined $1,000. Her most egregious lie was her claim that a babysitter known as "Zanny" kidnapped Caylee. She also lied about her employment at Universal Studios and "having talked to Caylee on the phone," reports the The Washington Post.
"As a result of those four separate and distinct lies, law enforcement expended a great deal of time, energy and manpower looking for young Caylee Marie Anthony," Judge Perry said . "This search for her went on from July through December--over several months--trying to find Caylee Marie Anthony. Four distinct, separate, lies. Just as the jury spoke loud and clear on counts one, two and three on their verdict they also spoke loud and clear on the remaining counts."
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