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. Derasa

    I think someone has to stop her from making money out of this. I hope the judge can do it.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      I doubt the judge has that sort of authority. That's for the legislature.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • DC603

      She can make money from it since she was found not-guilty.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Bryan Micon

      She will sign over the rights to her lawyers and setup corporations to move the money around keeping it out everyone's hands except hers and her attorneys. This is how the rich evade taxes and liability.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Aezel

    There are other charges they did not attach to this case, and they certainly should go for it. Okay so her story is that her daughter drowned in a pool and then they buried her in the back yard to cover it up?

    1.)Child Endangerment
    2.)Negligence.
    3.)Failure to Report
    4.)Improper Disposal of a Body
    5.)Conspiring to commit a crime.

    ....Just the start of a LONG list they could hit her with. She is an animal, hit her with all they've got IMO. You could still get her behind bars for a LONG time.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      they cant hit her with those charges now . Seriously speaking 3 adults in the house – who is to say who did what .

      July 7, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Lindsay Roach

      Just because you think she murdered her daughter, has nothing to do with lying to the police! Your bringing up the wrong case!

      July 7, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      I could be wrong but I think it's too late for the prosecution to do that. Strictly speaking, I think you are right. Practically speaking, I'd be surprised if a judge would put up with it at this point.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Patty

      You are so right-what about those other charges?????????????????

      July 7, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • icreepin

      ok charge her with those crimes, then charge her dad, her, mom, and then you have to charge the guy who found the body with

      failure to report

      conspiracy to commit a crime.

      Now after you do that remember they all get seperate trials so the blame gets shifted around and around.

      I know how hard it is to accept but when you take emotions out of things then you have the correct vertic based on the evidence presented.

      Biggest issue the Da had was claiming murder when no cause of death was established. And yes the mother lied several times, but so did the dad and so did the guy who found the body.

      What the DA should have did was charged her with everything but murder got the convection then waited until technology caught up and was able to provide a cause of death then went back and charged her then. But what the DA did was used the media and "hoped and prayed" that people would say ok the mother "had to have done it" and returned a guilty vertic.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      She cannot be charged with anything else related to the death of Caylee. Double jeopardy protects her from that. As the judge indicated she'll most likely be out by early August. It is all the judge could do given time served and what she was conviction on. It's also most likely the best thing as far as Casey is concern because it will allow time for the city of Orlando to cool down.

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

      Lindsay, IT IS THE SAME CASE, but different charges. Get your nomenclature straight before you try to correct others.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Cabby

      Nope, they are going to let her walk so she can get paid millions and so the State of Florida can get paid back for all they had to endure.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Trace

    You can stay with me until you get back on your feet. But make sure you stay on your back until then...said Baez

    July 7, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. Lindsay Roach

    Im 15 years old, and its obvious to me that the judge is not going to give her the maximum sentence just to be spiteful of her last case! Double Jeprody!

    July 7, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • I built harvard

      yip i dont think you will ever have a brain disease.
      because you dont have a brain.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Kasey

      Sweetheart, that is not what double jeopardy means. That means she cannot be tried for the murder again, not that the judge can't impose the maximum sentence for the charges she was found guilty of. You might try going back to bed and then reading up on how the judicial system works before you troll here anymore and correct anyone else. You're just showing your lack of knowledge and immaturity.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. Today

    Jurors should have at least four year college education, be able to pass medium level intelligence test and have common sense

    July 7, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Sylvia

      I quite agree. These 12 jurors were morons – they set a murderer free. I hope they will forever be haunted by an image of that innocent child – chloroformed and duct-taped – all readied in garbage bags to be thrown into the swamp.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • I'm addicted to farts

      That's a good cross-section of the populace.

      Nice and fair.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Coleen

      Just because someone is academically competent does not mean they have common sense.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      I don't think you should have a four year degree to be on the jury....alot people are just book smart and really don't have common sense to actually be able to decifer right from wrong. It takes more than an education to have common sense and wisdom to make decisions that are real....

      July 7, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • John McClane

      Since "common sense" is derived from life experience, and that includes academic achievement, the argument that people need to have common sense to be on a jury is another specious argument. What might be "common sense" to an imbecile, might also be just plain stupid to the resat of us. Imbeciles are always struggling to make themselves more relevant with this false argument.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve851

      What happened in this case is that we got a bunch a rational jurors that were willing to apply the facts to the charges the prosecution chose to make instead of acting on their emotions. I have nothing but praise for this jury. A lawyer's dream (unless your are the prosecution lawyers in this case who chose not to charge Casey with crimes they could have proven).

      July 7, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. IceDogg

    Free Casey!! Some of us still love you girlfriend!

    July 7, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • dld322

      Those like you just want to see what you can get out of her and the situation in the past, present and future. If she had no chances of obtaining one monetary dime, you wouldn't want anything to do with her...except maybe bed her down so you could get on the media, make some money to describe the slimy details of THAT "event"!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sheila

    I still think she did it. But in any case if she didn't want Caylee there is always someone who would take her-grandparents for example-if she would have given her away she would still be with us. But she-Casey-will now be judged by a higher power. And GOD help her.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. penny

    Totally agree with Robin. Nancy grace needs to worry about finding herself a new hair stylist. Lol

    July 7, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. Cedar Rapids

    So why is she now not being charged with not reporting the incident, dumping of the body, etc? i mean if her 'admission' is that they found the body and got rid of it without telling anyone, then where are the charges stemming from that course of action?

    July 7, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Lindsay Roach

      Because she was found not guilty so its suggested that she had nothing to do with any of it.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • John McClane

      Lindsay: you are obviously a moron. You draw specious conclusions because of your lack of either intellect or because of your ignorance. Either way, you are not especially bright. Your future employment prospects are dim.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      No, she was found not guilty of the 'murder' course of events.
      Her version was that found the body and instead of reporting they got dumped it. They flat out said....we found her drowned, we didnt report it.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'instead of reporting they got dumped it'
      sorry, I meant 'they just dumped it.'

      July 7, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • tks123

      She is not charged with any other crimes than the one's presented because once a verdict is announced on all the charges filed, she can not be retried for the same crime again. It is called "double jeopardy" and it attaches once a verdict is reached. It prevents a person from being malicisouly prosecuted continuously. It is what is know to prosecutirs as getting only "one bite from the apple". This is why prosecutors are so reluctant to file charges and proceed to trial until they have sufficient creditble evidence.

      There is a lot emoition on this board and it is clouding the legal proceedings. The Jury did exactly what was expected, no more no less. I hate that she probably was involved, but the burden of proof was on the state to prove beyond a reasonable doubt she "killed" Caylee. They did not do that and therefiore, the Jury could not convict, regardless what they "felt". It is what keeps people from being falsely accused and imprisoned.

      Maybe Juror #3 sounded dimwitted in an interview, most people not acustomed to speaking on camera typically due. I do not think she did anything wrong in her verdict, but taking a trip to Disney for an interview to me was a little creepy in my opinion. Profitting from a civic duty is not right.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Kasey

      Lindsay, not guilty does not mean innocent. It just means the jury didn't feel confident convicting on the charges placed with the evidence presented. Troll.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. dicedoN

    This Satanic baby killer sacrificed caylee,and now she says she wants to have another baby,and perhaps adobt ,because they need a loving person to take care of them...what a joke are legal system is
    with these drugged out jurors!

    July 7, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. icreepin

    It doesnt matter what a jury "thinks" it only matters what a DA is able to prove and since no one is able to say how the child died no one can say beyond a reasonable doubt that the child's death was murder or accidental. The Da simply did not prove there case.

    A thumbs up should be given to the jury since despite what they "think" they went by the evidence and the evidence didn't support the claim that the mother was guilty.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Lost

      So if cause of death is so important, why don't you tell us how Laci Peterson died. Scott Peterson is sitting on death row and there was never any cause of death in that case.

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

    i really dont care what anybody says , i think Casey killed her child and she need to be sentenced for that instead of lying to the police. i really smh beacuse i know that they could have looked into that a little more than what they did !... the only thing she was telling was lies and she really need death row for that. im mad as i can be. but they are to blind to see the truth !....

    July 7, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • icreepin

      In order to have a "murder" you have to first establish the cause of death and that wasent done. Since there was no cause of death that alone brought reasonable doubt since you could not rule out accident.

      Yes Caylee lied a few times but so did her father when he said he wasen't banging that chick on the side and made the slight confession to. So again reasonable doubt.

      If you take emotions out of this issue then the correct vertict was given based on the evidence presented.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. AW

    Casey Anthony's true colors have already started to show at her sentencing today. Her demeanor, body language, and appearance says it all.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. Kevin

    Just read that eight children were killed today in a NATO bombing. That is eight Caylee Anthonys. Caylee is dead but you can do something to prevent the death of other children. Become active in politics. Make your voice be heard.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Bryan Micon

      That's information overload for America's attention span.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hugo

    I'm getting tired of looking at Casey. Why can't the camera focus on the speaker?

    July 7, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • John McClane

      Because he doesn't have teats.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
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