Many people were shocked in 2011 when a Florida jury acquitted Casey Anthony of murder in the 2008 death of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee. Anthony was, however, found guilty of four misdemeanor counts of lying to police, and Judge Belvin Perry Jr. sentenced her to four years in prison, one year for each count. And because he ordered the four years would be served consecutively, Judge Perry imposed the maximum jail time he possibly could. His ruling surprised legal expert Jeffrey Toobin, who observed, "Most people convicted of misdemeanors do not get prison time."
But because Anthony had already served approximately three years in prison — and because she had exhibited good behavior — she only owed 10 more days in prison at the time of her sentencing. (She was originally scheduled to serve only six more days, but a "detailed recalculation of the projected release date" pushed her release back.)
"I don't know how free she's going to be (but) she's going to be out a cage," defense attorney Cheney Mason said after Anthony's sentencing, per CNN. "I doubt there's any place in this country that she could walk the streets freel … I think she wants to get away from all this and try to find some way to start a life."
Indeed, it seems like Anthony has had a hard time acclimating to life beyond the bars. As of 2017, she was living in South Florida with Patrick McKenna, a private detective who was the lead investigator in her case. He had employed her to do social media searches and investigative work. Plus, as In Touch previously reported, she started a photography business, but the business's Twitter profile was inundated with social media messages about her trial.
Now, however, it seems the 32-year-old no longer a prisoner of her own reputation. "Enough time has passed that she's not as toxic as she used to be," a source told People late last year. "She's going out now and then. She's got a circle of friends, and guys are paying attention to her again. Guys are even asking her out now."