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. MarshaP0

    I suppose the jail can now put the princess in the general population since she is so innocent.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Cassie

      she'll remain in protective custody... Her life is probably in danger

      July 7, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • michaelfury

      Get up, come on get down with the sickness
      Open up your hate, and let it flow into me

      http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2010/09/10/ghosts-in-the-machine/

      July 7, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. MichaelSD

    That the judge gave her the maximum possible sentence for lying to police, seems to indicate how he views this case.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. betty

    Does anyone know if she will be in general population for the remainder of her sentence? Maybe justice can be served there.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Lew

      No Way........She will be in PC til she gets out. The jail isnt that stupid......they will kill her in there.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. kenny

    She make's me sick just to look at her she did kill her child and now she will be free free to party and enjoy life but not that baby girl no she get's to rot in a box while the so call mother gets to party where is the justice in that so sick I think juge perry should retire as soon as he can because he SUCKS at least you know you can get away with murder in florda.............

    July 7, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Lew

      Perry has nothing to do with it........the people of Florida aquitted her. not the Judge.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Dani

      That wasn't Judge Perry's fault. The decision of guilt or innocence fell to the jury once the prosecution and defense presented their arguments. Judge Perry had nothing to do with that decision. She sat before "a jury of her peers." Judge Perry is to impose sentencing, not the determination of guilt or innocence. Haven't you been called up for jury duty? Don't you know how that works? The judge presides over and moderates. The jury determines guilt or innocence. The judge, then, chooses the punishment based on what the jury says. That's how it works.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dee

    Wearing her hair down? I find it interesting that she has not made a statement that her goal now is to find out what happended to her daughter. SHE KNOWS. She has not mentioned Caylee. Acts as if she never existed. Even talking about getting pregnant again or adoping a child. Good luck with that paryt girl. This is the greatest injustice in American history, bar none. She has demonstrated how lying, stealing, and murdering pays off, and there are gullible people out there. Kill your child, lie, lie, lie and give the child time to decompose. 31 days and Timer 55. Adds up to 86. She should have been 86'd.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • RLS

      If her story is that the child drown I don't think she's going to come out now and say she's going on a search to find the real killers. She may as well stick to that story since she's not going to prison for what happened.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Lew

      Correction...OJ Simpson Murdered 2 people and his Blood DNA was linked to both deaths.......Mountains of scientific evidence and he still got off. That was the the biggest injustice of all time on any planet.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. TheMovieFan

    Looks like the Casey Anthony trial addicts can feel good about themselves with the consecutive sentences. That might satisfy their fix.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Nancy

      Consecutive sentences like that are basically standard under Florida sentencing practices.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. Disgusted

    If the Jury knows she is not innocent (more than 1) then she should not have walked. There was clearly enough evidence for a lesser charge. In my opinion, the prosecution brought a good case and I think the Jurors let America down. Its a sad world we live in that 12 people can make this decision and the rest of America knows she is GUILTY!!! I also took my flag down yesterday....

    July 7, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cassie

    Per FL law, does the judge HAVE to give credit for time served? or could he have with held that time?

    July 7, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. Lew

    I know people are upset that a Murderer has been found not guilty. Casey Anthony is not the only person to ever get this verdict, it happens all the time.....however.....everyone knows that she killed her baby, even the jurors. However, the system worked as it was intended. Innocent until proven guilty. The burden of proof is on the prosecutor, the police, Homicide investigators...the state of Florida. They failed to prove their case beyond the exclusion of any reasonable doubt. The evidence was there.....but it was not evidence without doubt or theories. It wasnt rock solid OJ Simpson DNA evidence. (There was no reasonable doubt in the OJ Case) He won on Popularity and celebrity status. I'm not happy that Casey will walk free for what she did....but I am happy that the system which enables us all to get a fair and unbiased trial has worked........this benefits us all. The system worked. Take the emotion out of it and think about the big picture.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. Florida resident

    If she has a book or a movie about this horrible story, please, everyone, boycott it.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. Traci

    Not saying her child was missing for 31 days creates guilt in my mind, all by itself. All of the subsequent lies/actions just reinforces my suspension of guilt. At the very least, negligent homicide is completely justifiable in this case, in my humble opinion.

    I for one will not be purchasing any book this women dictates. Oh, and, karma works. She'll get what's coming to her sooner or later.

    RIP little Caylee. Sleep with angels.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. Cathelean

    This is sad when alot of u guys act as if u where there. the bible i read tell u not to judge, so if in fact she killed her child she will pay an only GOD can judge...

    July 7, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • JG

      Does that "bible" you read say anything about how wrong it is to murder precious innocent children?? How about an "eye for an eye"? Casey should have duct tape wrapped around her mouth and be left to rot in a swamp.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. SoulKeeperX

    What a scene outside the courthouse. The circus is in town and there are plenty of clowns.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  14. Nancy

    Florida jail inmates don't get good behavior time.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • GPad

      Yes, they do.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  15. wow

    Sad sad sad....Karma will get her in the end

    July 7, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
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