July 7th, 2011
11:34 AM ET

Casey Anthony sentence: Four years in jail with credit for time served

For more on Casey Anthony's sentence read our full story here.

[Updated at 11:34 a.m.] Casey Anthony will be released on July 13, 2011, according to a court spokesperson.

The spokeswoman said she would release more information about the calculation as soon as it was available.

[Updated at 10:41 a.m.] Judge Belvin Perry and attorneys for the state ad the defense are continuing to hold discussions in the courtroom.

All sides are working with the corrections department to help determine exactly how much time Casey Anthony has served in order to determine how much longer she will need to serve to finish out her sentence. The decision is expected to come soon.

[Updated at 9:30 a.m.] Judge Belvin Perry has sentenced Casey Anthony to one year in jail for each of the four counts of lying to police, which will run consecutively.

The judge and defense attorney Jose Baez said it will take about an hour to figure out what exact time Anthony has served and how to apply that to the sentence. The jail where she was being housed would also have to consider any good behavior time.

It appears that for now Casey Anthony is headed back to jail - we'll just have to wait for the specific calculations from the court to find out for how long. Analysts appear to be saying that based on Perry's ruling - and calculations that she served about 1,000 days in court - it is likely Anthony could be free by the end of the summer.

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Perry also said he would fine Anthony $1,000 for each count. Perry also said that the court will work to calculate the cost of the investigation into Caylee Anthony's disappearance and what amount of that Casey Anthony might have to pay. The judge has also let Anthony and her team know that they have 30 days to appeal his ruling.

Anthony has remained stoic during this portion of the court hearing. She is conferring with her other attorneys as the judge hands down the sentence.

But as she prepared to exit the courtroom, Casey Anthony let out a tiny smile.

[Updated at 9:26 a.m.] Judge Belvin Perry is breaking down each of the false information charges and specifically what lies Casey Anthony told police that led them along in their investigation - including one where she said she spoke to Caylee Anthony.

Perry rules in favor of the prosecution, saying he doesn't agree that the lies were all one act.

"As a result of those four separate and distinct lies, law enforcement expended a great deal of time, energy and manpower looking for young Caylee Marie Anthony," he said. "This search for her went on from July through December - over several months - trying to find Caylee Marie Anthony. Four distinct, separate, lies. Just as the jury spoke loud and clear on counts one, two and three on their verdict they also spoke loud and clear on the remaining counts."

[Updated at 9:25 a.m.] Casey Anthony will not make a statement before sentencing, her attorney said.

[Updated at 9:17 a.m.] The prosecution has said though they were only handed this defense request this morning. Still, they do not believe the lies should be treated as one single act because there was a temporal break in between each of the lies. And they've also got a few prior cases to back up their thoughts. The fact that the statements happened on the same day doesn't mean the statements should be considered all one act, the prosecution argued.

The prosecution also said as a result of the individual lies police had to go on a "wild goose chase" in the case.

[Updated at 9:16 a.m.] The judge is reiterating his question to the defense: Are they arguing that Casey Anthony didn't have time to pause and reflect when she was making her statements to policy. Their answer: Yes. And that's why the lies should be considered as only be one charge.

[Updated at 9:11 a.m.] Judge Belvin Perry is taking a minute to read through the materials the defense has provided in regard to treating the misdemeanors as one charge.

[Updated at 9:04 a.m.] The defense is asking the court to consider the four misdemeanor charges of lying to police as one charge when it comes to sentencing - saying they were all part of the same act.

Because the information at question was part of the same interview and Casey Anthony did not have time to take a mental break and reformulate her thoughts and statements, her lawyers are saying all of the charges should be reduced to just one.

Because it was "one act" made by Casey Anthony the defense says it is a violation of double jeopardy to sentence her four separate times for the same offense.

[Updated at 9:03 a.m.] The defense has withdrawn an earlier motion for a mistrial - something lawyer Jose Baez jokes he doesn't need anymore.

[Updated at 9:00 a.m.] Judge Belvin Perry has entered the courtroom. The sentencing is about to begin.

[Updated at 8:58 a.m.] Casey Anthony is much more animated and less stoic in court Thursday - and the sentencing hearing hasn't even begun yet.

Though she's still biting her nails as she had during the verdict, it's mixed in many more with smiles and winks to the defense team than looks of worry.

Defense Attorney Jose Baez has just sat down next to her and patted her on the back. The defense table couldn't be any more full of smiles today.

On the other hand, the mood outside the courthouse is a little different. Protesters are gathered outside and still angry with the not guilty verdict.

[Updated at 8:48 a.m.] A smiling Casey Anthony has walked into the Orlando courtroom wearing a long-sleeve blue sweater and her hair down. She appears much more relaxed than she has during any other day in court. She's chatting with her attorney's as she awaits the judge and her sentencing.

Her parents George and Cindy Anthony are seated at the back of the courtroom.

[Posted at 8:28 a.m.] Casey Anthony is due in court Thursday for a sentencing hearing on four misdemeanor counts of lying to police regarding a missing person case - the only charges she was convicted of during her seven-week long murder trial.

She avoided the most serious charges when a jury acquitted her of first degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter in the 2008 death of her daughter Caylee. Each misdemeanor count carries a maximum sentence of one year in county jail, for which Judge Belvin Perry has the option of sentencing her consecutively or concurrently.

But many legal experts believe Anthony will be freed on time-served because she has already been jailed for about three years. Whatever happens next , the saga of the 25-year-old Orlando woman acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter is far from over.

Everyone will still want to examine why and how the jury reached the verdict. Some questioned whether the "CSI effect' swayed the jury. Others, like HLN's Nancy Grace who has covered the case since the first day said regardless of why, she doesn't have to agree with the decision. And then there will be the examinations of the characters that have emerged in the case as victors: namely defense attorney Jose Baez. But by far the spotlight will shine brightest on Casey herself. Depending on the sentence handed down Thursday many experts say her next move likely could come in the form of a book or movie.

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  1. NORMAJEAN

    WE ARE MAKING A BIG THING ABOUT THIS... WRONG PERSON TO COME DOWN HARD ON. YES WHAT SHE DID WAS WRONG BUT IT WAS HER PEERS ( JURY ) THAT FOUND HER NOT GUILTY AND SET HER FREE... WE HAVE MORE PRESSING MATTERS TO DEAL WITH LIKE WHAT IS GOING ON AS FAR AS AMERICA FACING A BIG RECESSION... HOW ABOUT THAT... IT IS MORE NEWS THAN THIS CRAP. SHE WAS FOUND NOT GUILTY... THE MORE THE MEDIA AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MEMORIALIZE HER... THE MORE MILLIONS SHE WILL MAKE... HIT HER WHERE IT WILL HURT MORE... KEEP HER BROKE.

    July 17, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Carrie

    She was tried and found not guilty. Let it go, and leave this woman alone. There was reasonable doubt! You, who perhaps, call yourselves christians are not without sin. Read your bibles and see what the word says about us sinners saved by GRACE. I am not even addressing the none christians

    July 17, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Carrie

    She was tried and found not guilty, and, there was reasonable doubt. Why don't you all just leave this woman alone. The bible tells us that vengence is the Lord's. It also tells us that he who is without sin to cast the first stone. We read a little further and we learn that we are all sinners. Those of us who call ourselves Christians know that there is no big sin or little sin. The bible is the textbook for christians. I am not even addressing you non- christians!

    July 17, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Carrie

    She was tried and found not guilty. That's the Law. By the way, there was reasonable doubt. Why don't you all just leave this woman alone? Besides, we try to do too much of God's work. It is He who is the ultimate judge. It is He who has assured us that whatever a man (or woman) sows, that shall he also reap. Regardless of what we do, justice is on the way.

    July 17, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Max

    Casey had her day in court. She was found NOT GUILTY. Appearantly it was not in God's book for her to be the rest of her life in jail or worse. Everybody should respect the verdict and move on with their own life. For three years we listened to a prejudice media. I do not know Casey. I will never know her. I did not like her for 3 years and I was so disappointed about the verdict. But know I want her to get her life back together and hopefully she will find some peace and happiness on earth, too.

    July 18, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. duane

    CNN you are so lame give it up go to msnbc or fox if you want news ng is a pig and the best cnn has, you lost cnn ca won now move on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 19, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. mg

    looking more into the seizures would not have helped..there was too many holes and questions in the case..people have to let it go or this murderer is going to make millions!!

    July 19, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. mg

    looking more into the seizures would not have helped..there was too many holes and questions in the case..

    July 19, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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