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.

Time.com: Video analysis of lingering trial questions

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. jennifer

    she looks like the weird cat lady next door...any guy who thinks she is "attractive" probably is over 50 and still lives in his moms basement...I cannot wait for someone to see her out and about ...If I ever went back to Florida (which is a shlt hole)..I would bltch slap this chick quick!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. Irena

    Legal commentators like Nancy Grace who are fueling the fire of protesters by comdeming this jury are being irresponsible. As lawyers, they KNOW that this verdict was reasonable in light of the applicable law and the holes in the state's case. Yet they keep inciting the protestors with their rhetoric for the sake of ratings.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • DJ

      Well said.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Lori green

      what rock do you live under? she killed her daughter, and got away with it.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • firefly

      tvery true. that is how this case got where it is today. They need to back off!

      July 7, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Tammy Barrett

      I agree that they should stop with inciting the protestors, go back inside and conduct yourselfs like the professionals you should be,im sure the police would agree

      July 7, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Green you were there? Why didnt you come forward? testify? Or is it because like most people on here you just THINK you know what happened.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      Agreed

      July 7, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. JAR8860

    4 years for a misdemeaner!! I wonder when the last time this judge gave time for a misdemeaner for a first time offender? Or any judge for that matter.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • debbie

      That's the max for this crime – keep up with it or stop commenting.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • mike

      its 4 misdemeaners. 1 yr for each!

      July 7, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Valerie

      She did not get 4 years for A misdemeanor. She got 1 year for A misdemeanor x 4 equal a total of 4 years, minus the time served, minus whatever 'gain' time the Florida jail system applies, which results in her release being, probably the end of this month or early August.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Surfing111

      She is also a convicted Felon. She stole checks from her best friend a few years ago and has a felony on her record so she is no longer considered under law a first time offender

      July 7, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Valerie

      By the way, you must be living under a rock because judges all over the country give time for misdemeanors to first time offenders. Just because someone breaks the law for the first time does not mean they are eligible for no jail time. Good grief!

      July 7, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Heather

    I think the jury is GUILTY of FRAUD--time to reopen!!!!! Leonard Pidillia needs to start investigating this--those jurors were ready to start their 90 day count down to a pay check.....howelse could you manage to get 12 idiots in the same room when the entire nation hates this girl! the LOVE of MONEY is the root of all EVIL

    July 7, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • debbie

      Well maybe because hate is not a reason to convict – evidence is. You should be so lucky if someone ever tries to hang you with the junk evidence they presented.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. Valerie

    I don't care what anyone says, the jury did NOT do their job. Casey says, Caylee drown in the pool. That means, Casey knew the child was dead. Casey also said, she had talked with Caylee on the phone when phoning the fake zanny nanny...we all know this was not true, the jury knew it was not true. Caylee could not talk on any phone because she was dead. Yet, the jury returns with a not guilty on all three degrees of murder. I don't care how bad it sounds, because obviously the jury did not care, the jury was very lazy when reviewing the case....and of course, we all know they could not possibly reviewed the entire case in ten hours anyway.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • debbie

      So I suppose you have some evidence of this that the prosecution did not....remember when you are a juror someday that you can only make judgement based on the evidence presented to you in the court. It's not about your personal opinion of what happened, it's about the government proving that you did it. Thankfully that's our system – otherwise someday you will be the one railroaded on trumped up charges of ignorance.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Valerie

      If the jury and you could not see the evidence, then you all have blinders on.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. chrisR

    So the prosecution goes crazy with their investigation...spending whatever they wanted because they were so sure to get a conviction. They didn't get it, so now they are acting like children. Having Casey Anthony pay for the prosecution's investigation is proposterous! These same people that are agreeing with this are probably happy she didn't go free today. Why? It's more of "your" tax dollars being wasted for her to stay in prison. Want her to pay for that too!? The Zanny defamation case is worthy...but trying to get money back for your failed evidence seems unjust!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • JD

      Does the Zanny defamation suit have merit.? Did Casey identify that Zanny as the nanny or is it just because the name was the same.? Are there others with the same name? She (Zanny) definitely did not fit the description that Casey gave to Cindy in the trial testimony.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • chrisR

      That is a great point JD...gonna be tough to prove that as well. She never picked her out of a line-up so you have a point.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. David

    The law is based on facts, which can always be twisted by unjust liars such as lawyers. If the law was based on truth then justice would have been served. This generation of people here in the U.S. are nothing but manipulators who twist facts to get what they want. It is sad the way this country is going nothing but a bunch of yuppies. The truth is nonexistant nowdays.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • debbie

      Your statement is ignorant.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Tammy Barrett

      what was a lie?

      July 7, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Valerie

      David, it's like this, the poor get poorer and the rich get richer. Many people want to act like their stuff don't stink. Know what I mean? Well no matter what dress you have on, what suit you have on, what school you went to, life is very very short for us ALL. Yet, millions of people live as if they will live forever. Millions of people will do anything for money and they'll hide behind various means....they'll hide behind their so call professionalism, they'll hide behind the law. The jury did not do their duty. Perhaps the jury was tired and just wanted to go home. No one will ever convince me that all 12 of the jury did not see the common sense and evidence in this case. Well you know what, nothing lasts forever. Money does not last forever. Life does not last forever. Some day, some where, Casey will suffer for what she did to her child. Either on this earth or in hell.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. Wendy

    So she got away with it...another OJ. Yup, if one of my sons was missing I would run out and get a tattoo and party hard....she is disgusting. And she'll probably profit from it with interviews and a book. I can't even imagine living her life after this. She will be condemned by the public. And that beautiful little girl isn't here to be cherished by her family and friends.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • A.Skipper

      You would they could get her on child neglect.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • A.Skipper

      You would THINK they could get her on child neglect.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. C. Rowe

    It is also funny how Americans flock to the trial with the TV cameras while there are hundreds, if not thousands of similar cases going on around the country with no protesters to be seen anywhere. As a Canadian it is obvious where the values in your country lie. Bring out a TV camera or a twinkie and the overweight, uneducated Americans will come-a-runnin.lol. PATHETIC!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Tammy Barrett

      nope they didn't prove their case, even at that it would of took me 5 mins in the deliberations to say guilty! lets move on to the next!

      July 7, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Canadians are gay

      Yep.....YOU ARE! Stay on your own countries websites. Oh yeah, they are all about moose hunting and gay relations

      July 7, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • jimmy

      I was on the same page with you until you admit to being Canadian. Credibility = lost.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • C. Rowe

      And your comments prove my point about uneducated Americans. They didn't prove their case, but I would convict her anyway. Typical of an angry American who didn't get something her way. As far as Canadians being gay, where is San Francisco located again:)

      July 7, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Valerie

      Everyone knows Canadians are weird....they are also very fat. haha!

      July 7, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • C. Rowe

      An American calling anyone fat is the funniest thing I have ever read, thanks for the laughs, it made my day:)

      July 7, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. JD

    Have one of the talking attorney's explain that the Florida "Obstruction of Justice" statute does not apply to the facts in her case, so they could not charge it with Chapter 843.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  11. A.Skipper

    I think she did it. But here is what's wrong neither of the sides had hard evidence and Anthony's side was able to raise a reasonable doubt. Because they made you play the maybe game.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. MargieMae

    I still can't get past the duct tape. Can someone please explain to me how anyone can rip off or cut a piece of duct tape and then apply it to anything without somehow touching it on the sticky side (thereby leaving at least a partial fingerprint or at least some skin cells?)

    July 7, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • debbie

      It seems that the tape was exposed to the elements too long and any such evidence was disintegrated. It's odd how duct tape is probably one of those things they don't want in the landfills because it doesn't decompose, but then in this case 6 months of exposure renders it useless....seems weird to me, too but that's what they say.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Yeller

      2 cent glove?

      July 7, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jonathon Grant

    I'd definitely hit it. Casey when you get out ..hit me up

    July 7, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tammy Barrett

    Im not convinced she could of got obstructing justice or even that statute found in florida on a capital case giving false information to a police officer because she was a suspect.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Tammy Barrett

      don't all suspects give false information, we'd be charging them all

      July 7, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jason

    Let's start our own party. The prosecution did not priove their case. JUSTICE HAS BEEN SERVED.

    NOT GUILTY ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    July 7, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Tammy Barrett

      your funny, she's guilty, your on your own

      July 7, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Irena

      I'm with you Jason. The state just didn't prove it.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
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