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Casey Anthony is due to be released on July 17

Protester Edward Mehnert of Orlando covers his mouth with duct tape, as was found on Caylee Anthony’s remains.

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Protester Edward Mehnert of Orlando covers his mouth with duct tape, as was found on Caylee Anthony’s remains.

ORLANDO — Just days ago Casey Anthony pondered the possibility of a death sentence. On July 17, she will leave jail and try to rejoin a society that largely scorns her.

Anthony was acquitted of killing and abusing her daughter Caylee, but she was convicted of lying to investigators. Judge Belvin Perry sentenced her Thursday to four years, the maximum punishment. She was given credit for the time she has already served — more than 1,000 days — and for good behavior. She was fined $4,000, or $1,000 for each conviction, and also must pay $618 in other costs.

She will be released in nine days, almost exactly three years since Caylee was reported missing July 15, 2008.

The jail time did little to satisfy throngs of angry people convinced of her guilt who gathered outside the courthouse. But it could provide time for the public furor over her acquittal to ease somewhat and give Anthony's attorneys a chance to plan for her safety.

Protesters outside the courthouse held signs that read "Arrest the Jury!!" and "Jurors 1-12 Guilty of Murder." Threats have been made against her, and she is being vilified online. Nearly 22,000 people "liked" the "I hate Casey Anthony" page on Facebook.

Mary Tate, a former public defender who heads the University of Richmond's Institute for Actual Innocence, said Anthony's defense team is probably seeking help from a variety of advisers.

"She's going to be bombarded with a lot of financial offers. She's going to be bombarded with random hostility. She's just entering an extraordinarily exhausting two or three years," Tate said.

Dr. Phyllis Chesler, a psychologist who authored Mothers on Trial, said Anthony will have to deal with an "absolutely primitive blood lust. The public would lynch her if they could get their hands on her."

Anthony's parents have received at least a half-dozen death threats in the two days since the verdict was announced, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Authorities are investigating the threats and checking the credibility, a spokesman said.

Before her sentence was announced, Anthony was animated, smiling and occasionally played with her hair, which was let down for the first time since her trial began in late May. Her demeanor turned stone-faced when she heard she would be spending more time in jail.

Late Thursday, the Orange County Corrections Department issued a statement saying Anthony's release date had been recalculated should be July 17, not July 13 as originally announced.

Earlier, when the sentence was announced, Flora Reece, an Orlando real estate broker protesting outside the court, screamed: "Insufficient justice!"

Anthony had a few supporters. Tim Allen, 24, a pizza shop cook, held a sign asking Anthony to marry him.

"Everyone deserves a second chance," he said. "She's beautiful. Put some makeup on her, she's gorgeous."

Michael Lambert and Clay Stevens, two Marshall University students, drove 17 hours from West Virginia to show support for Anthony and the judicial system.

"We love and support you, Casey Anthony," read their sign.

Information from the Orlando Sentinel, AP and Miami Herald was used in this report.

Casey Anthony is due to be released on July 17 07/07/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 8, 2011 6:46am]
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