Casey Anthony, who earlier this week was found not guilty of killing her daughter, was sentenced on Thursday to four years in jail.
The precise amount of time she will spend in jail has not yet been determined but it is likely to be significantly less than one year and could be as short as a few weeks, given the nearly three years she has already served.
Judge Belvin Perry said he would need to meet with lawyers for at least an hour Thursday morning to decide Ms. Anthony’s jail term based on how much time she should be credited with, including time served for good behavior.
Ms. Anthony, 25, was also fined $1,000 for each of the four counts of lying she was convicted of for her statements during an interview with the authorities investigating the disappearance and death of Caylee Marie, her 2-year-old daughter.
The case has riveted much of the country, which became entranced by tales of a duplicitous young mother apparently more interested in boyfriends and bar hopping than in caring for her child.
As the sentencing hearing was taking place inside the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando on Thursday, a small group of protesters outside rallied against Ms. Anthony’s acquittal on murder charges.
Her lawyers have said she had received numerous death threats since she was acquitted of the most serious charges on Tuesday.
The four counts of lying that Ms. Anthony was convicted of occurred when she falsely claimed that her daughter had disappeared, that she was employed at Universal Studios when she did not work there, that she had a babysitter for Caylee when she did not, and that her daughter had called her on the telephone.
Ms. Anthony’s lawyers on Thursday had sought to have those charges combined into a single criminal act, but Judge Perry ruled against the motion.