Casey Anthony walked free from a Florida jail early Sunday morning, three years and one day after she was first arrested for her role in the disappearance and, eventually, death of her 2-year-old daughter.
Anthony walked out of the front door of the Orange County Jail at 12:09 a.m. with her lawyer by her side and two Special Response Team officers with green vests.
Sheriff’s deputies had two contingency plans laid out, but in the end opted to go with a public release.
“We have made every effort to not provide any special treatment for her,” said Allen Moore, the spokesman for the Orange County Corrections Department in a statement. “She has been treated like every other inmate in her custody class.”
Anthony had not received threats against her at the jail, but “this release had an unusual amount of security. So therefore, in that sense, it would not be a normal release,” Moore said.