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Casey Anthony released from jail

Casey Anthony is escorted out of jail early Sunday morning. (Source: CNN) Casey Anthony is escorted out of jail early Sunday morning. (Source: CNN)
Anthony's attorney Jose Baez (left) accompanied her as she was taken to an undisclosed location. (Source: CNN) Anthony's attorney Jose Baez (left) accompanied her as she was taken to an undisclosed location. (Source: CNN)

ORLANDO (RNN) - Casey Anthony was released from her Orlando Florida jail nine days after she was sentenced to four years in prison for being found guilty of lying to police.

She was released just after midnight ET and escorted by police to an undisclosed location. They did not announce her release until after she had left the jail, despite media camping out around the area all night long.

[SLIDESHOW: Casey Anthony released from jail]

The 25-year-old was sentenced to four years in jail on Jul. 17, one year for each of the four counts she was found guilty of, but received credit for time served.

She spent almost three years imprisoned while awaiting trial.

There's no word on her future plans, but Anthony will now have to begin the process of rebuilding a life with the notoriety and scrutiny of a high-profile trial following her wherever she goes.

Paid interviews and book deals are possible options for the 25-year-old who reportedly dropped out of high school just a half credit short of graduation.

Anthony's lawyers have also expressed concern for her safety. Public backlash against the verdict clearing Anthony of all charges related to her daughter's death has been fierce and unrelenting, leaving many decrying a lack of justice for Caylee Anthony.

[SLIDESHOW: Casey Anthony sentencing]

Anthony has spent three years in jail awaiting trial in the death of Caylee.  At her July 7 sentencing, the judge handed down the maximum sentence allowed on each of the four charges she lied to police, but she received credit for time served and good behavior.

Meanwhile, as she leaves jail, Anthony's legal troubles aren't fully behind her.

She faces a lawsuit from Texas EquuSearch, a non-profit organization that assisted in the search for Caylee. They claim to have spent more than $112,000 and coordinated the efforts of 4,200 volunteers hoping to find the toddler.

The suit alleges Anthony "gladly accepted the benefits conferred upon her by TES knowing all the time that her daughter was deceased and that the search for her daughter was unnecessary, particularly to the extent that searchers were looking for a live child."

EquuSearch claims the search for Caylee was the second-most costly in the organization's history, consuming 40 percent of its annual budget and that "resources that TES dedicated to the search for Caylee were resources that were not available to other families who sought TES' assistance in locating their loved ones" because of limited funding.

Anthony also faces a defamation suit filed by Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez. In 2008, Anthony claimed a nanny by the same name kidnapped Caylee.


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