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. tammy

    This morning on the news they showed an interview with one of the alternate jurors. He made a statement in referance to not knowing the exact cause of Caylee's death and that this was a problem "AMONG us". If the jury was instructed by Judge Perry not to discuss this case amongs themselves, when and how did this juror know what other jurors were thinking. He wasn't involved in deliberations. and the only way he would know what other jurors were thinking would have been when they weren't sitting in court. I don't know if this rises to the level of Jury Misconduct but I believe this should be looked into. It makes it sound as though this jury had talked about and decided this case before it was even turned over to them for deliberations., alot being a foster parent of 32+ children that were abused some terrific some neglect, but not one parent seen a day in jail and here we are with casey killing her child and getting by with it, this is so sad this is just showing the world if you abuse your child you can get by with it, THIS is why we see so much of it, People need to pay for hurting or killing there children and the public needs to see this so we wouldn't see so much of it going on...

    July 7, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Val

      The jury is not allowed to confer BEFORE DELIBERATIONS. Once deliberation starts they do talk amongst themselves. Do you have no clue how the american justice system works?

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

      Alternates are involved in deliberations although they do not get to vote unless one participant has to leave. *sigh* so clueless.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • pfp

      How dumb are you? They had to talk among themselves when they were deliberating and the alternate juror had to be in the room. He was still included even if he didn't have a vote. Do you think that duriing that 10 hours they all sat quietly?

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

      Tammy, a nation that needs laws for parents to care for their children is a nation of degenrates - this is what we are, on this and most other accounts.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Jaxman1971

      Val,
      I love people like you who blast others and feel soooo smart, only to look like a FOOL. Alternate jurors are NOT part of the deliberations so apparently YOU know nothing of our judicial system. Haha! Idiot.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Jaxman1971

      For you Val, since you know SOOOO much!
      Tello-Lugo v. State, ___ So. 3d ___, 35 Fla. L. Weekly D2581 (Fla. 2d DCA 11/24/10)
      “Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.280(a) provides that ‘an alternate juror who does not replace a principal juror shall be discharged at the same time the jury retires to consider its verdict.’ This rule is mandatory, not permissive.
      Again....IDIOT!

      July 7, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Gma Raising GChild

      I hope Nancy Grace and the Prosecutors office sees this!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Tawnya

      Alternates are NOT in the deliberations!! The entire reason being, if they have to replace a juror during deliberations, they have a fresh,untainted voice. Did you NOT HEAR the judge dismiss the alternates separately and take possession of their notebooks? Good grief! You see? It's fools like this who arrived at this decision!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Tawnya

      Actually, I believe that, if there is a juror issue once deliberations begin, there is a possibloy a mistrial. Not positive though.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Edward Genewick

    Some day Casey Anthony will meet the Good Lord, who is the Ultimate Judge. And if she is responsible for the Death of her own flesh and blood, punishment will be Immediate and Eternal

    July 7, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Val

      Don't pretend like you were there and KNOW what happened. You weren't and you don't. You are making assumptions based on media reports. Get a clue.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      No, I believe Edward is making assumptions based on the prosecutions evidence

      July 7, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Balthier

      Hopefully some Vigilante takes her child murdering self out

      July 7, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • IagreeWIthYou

      There is no God. So it's up to us and we are failing. I agree with your comments. However, as long as dishonest lawyers are willing to lie for a living, unchecked by any regulatory body whatsoever – including, but not limited to: Local bar, State Bar, State AG, FBI, DOJ and Whitehouse... anything goes. I know. I had multiple lawyers commit fraud in writing against me, steal all my money, and I was told "you fell through a crack by the DOJ, FBI, Whitehouse, State AG, State Bar, and local bar". Our court system has stopped functioning as a reliable system... unchecked... where lawyers enrich themselves to buy elected office to perpetuate this tyranny. The solution: Stop electing lawyers to office and improve the system.

      The fact Florida lacks a criminal statute outlawing the unreported disposal of dead babies enforces my comments.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • DISGUSTED69

      didn't a woman come forward claiming to be the mother of the supposed father of caylee who died in a car accident? As the grandmother she should file a wrongful death suit against casey and because she can no longer plead the 5th force her to testify maybe some actual truth will leak out!

      July 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Today

    This Judge must be good friend of Judge who sentenced Lindsey Lohan to 20 min jail sentence...or ...they studied from the same books...LOL

    July 7, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • A

      what?? He just gave her the maximum jail time for the four misdemeanor charges, plus a fine of $1,000 per charge.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Jersey Joe

      The division of this into four separate crimes, with consecutive sentences, is absurd and surely shows what the judge thought about who the culprit was in the case. He wants to be sentencing her for homicide, but the jury verdict made that impossible.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. Really!

    I hope someone kills the B**ch! I mean really a year for murdering a inocent child. The dumb people on that jury would not know the truth if it hits you in the face! So why they"jury" crying now they were the incompent people who found her "Not Guilty" so lets just look at it this way. They gave a murder a one way ticket to kill another person.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Val

      She has been found NOT GUILTY. Get over it.

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

      She is planning to have another baby too I hope they take that child before she can murder that child too

      July 7, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      a jury of 12 people found her not guilty. grow up already!!!

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

      Well Val guess you must been on the jury... No I wont get over it! A child died on there mothers watch if you could call it that. So in my eyes and apparently alot other any mother who does not report her child missing for days on end. Had something to do with her being missing or worse. In any case she is guilty and any one could see that. For future reference OPINIONS are like A**Holes everyone has one and I choose to express mine. So YOU GET OVER IT! Just a FYI it's a Blog where we express our feelings if you dont like it GET THE H*LL OFF!

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

      You don't know ANY of these people.
      You watched it on TELEVISION.
      Go find a healthy outlet for your energies.
      There are plenty of living children in every city of this country – right now – who could use a square meal, a supportive hand, a kind word, someone to read them a book or play ball with.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Really!

      Tensor: I agree with you and there are plenty of children that need that, our government makes it impossiable for loving people to adopt unless your rich then you can have all the kids you want.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. Val

    Casey should not have to pay for the state's failure. Do you think that every defendent found NOT GUILTY should pay for the prosecution? What a travesty that would be. Stop the witch hunt. They had their chance. Now anything is double jeapordy. She got over on you. This drunken little women got over on a whole prosecution team. I LOVE IT!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Today

      I hope you will not serve in any jury

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

      So your supporting this child murder you have some serious issues Val

      July 7, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Val

      She was found NOT GUILTY. Move on.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • alberto

      so val, you seem to stupidly defend that low class dog. WHAT do YOU think happened to that liittle girl and WHO do you think is responsible? let's hear it..

      July 7, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Balthier

      Yep i was right Val is a child murderer supporter

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

      She's being asked to pay costs for the investigation into her lies that sent police (at taxpayer expense) on a wild goose chase looking for a kidnapped baby.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • alexnden

      I don't think the judge is making her pay for the investigation because she was found not guility. It is probably because she supposedly "knew" that Caylee was dead already and the state incurred a lot of costs looking for Caylee when supposedly all that time, Casey knew where she was.
      I believe Equusearch is filing a lawsuit against her as well, but I can't see them winning as Casey didn't contract with them. Cindy on the other hand apparently called them so maybe they will go after the family.
      She should be lucky she's not having to pay the states cost of having to pay for her attorneys.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • MB

      She is going to pay because of the lies she told that lead the investigators on a wild goose chase. By not cooperating and telling the truth, she cost the state more money. Now she owes that and that is fair.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Seriously

      Should have stayed in my shelter. Never knew there were messed up people like you in this world Val. Oh wait now I get it your related to her.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Get Real

      She needs to reimburse the state of Florida for the money and resources wasted during the search for Caylee because of the lies she told them. Oh, and she's the most hated woman in the USA. Deal with iit Val and move on.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • susan

      she is not paying for it honey, you are, so are the rest of us as tax payers, all the money goes into one big pot, regardless of where you live and take, take take they will to pay for it. enjoy yourself as you watch your tax dollars at work!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. Justice

    I have never been one to vehemently dislike anyone but this is the closest I have ever come. I hope Casey never leaves that jail cell that something else turns up or that if she really is not the killer that she will spend her new found book deals and millions towards the search for the killer . If I were Caylee's mom I would never stop looking for who murdered my baby.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. Balthier

    hopefully some vigilante takes her out but make sure they duct tape her mouth and throw her in a trunk first so she suffers just like Caylee did. Karma will bite her on the ass in the near future for what she did to that little girl.

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

      Hopefully, you neither vote nor breed.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. Demos

    The jury decided the case. End of story. All this hype is bulls_it. Move on idiots........

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

      And....why are you here?...to tell us this?...or?

      July 7, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • cathy napier

      Evidence??? Casey leaves with Caylee early on June 16th. Video shows her coming out of Blockbuster late that evening arm and arm with boyfriend Tony with no Caylee in sight. Lies about Caylee's where abouts and Caylee ends up dead. So the timeline speaks for itself.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. Balthier

    How are we jealous she murdered her own 2 year old daughter

    July 7, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. AnnaWil

    She changed her look already. Her hair is down and she is alreday posing for the cameras.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • squirrel

      And, what exactly does that prove?

      July 7, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. Awilda

    hope they look for professional help from Dr. Drew or Dr. Phil. I think that what was said in court can never be erased without having some kind of therapy.

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

      Dr Drew even commented that he didn't think she was innocent by the way she was acting and how she didn't report the child missing for 31 days

      July 7, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  12. B7C

    Jennifer grow up the jury judged Casey not the Judge! What would you expect him to do to her. Please comment.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. Cathy

    I think Jason is "in love" wtih Casey. Maybe you can meet her when she gets out and she can "Win You Over With Chloroform". Hope she doesn't use too much though or you could end up in a swamp!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. Blackbeered

    Apparently, the Judge is a sore loser.

    And, can I assume he's elected to his position ... wouldn't seem to have the smarts to be a Judge on merit.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. Bella T

    Bottom line, a little girl was murdered and thrown away like trash and someone has to be held accountable. Unfortunately 12 supposedly intelligent jurors couldn't weed through all the testimony to see the proof that the person on trial for the murder, was in fact the culprit! The fact that she later comes up with a story that the baby drowned (lying that her father knew about it all the time) and was photographed later that day partying with her friends without a care in the world proves to me that she is a sociopath. This reasonable doubt bull has got to stop.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • The system worked just fine TYVM

      What "proof"? There wasn't even proof of a murder much less of her doing it.

      You don't convict people based on "here's what I think" or idiotic nonsense like "justice for Caylee".

      July 7, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr Brightside

      the reasonable doubt stuff has to stop? Why? Because you didn't like the verdict?

      July 7, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • IagreeWIthYou

      I agree with your comments. However, as long as dishonest lawyers are willing to lie for a living, unchecked by any regulatory body whatsoever – including, but not limited to: Local bar, State Bar, State AG, FBI, DOJ and Whitehouse... anything goes. I know. I had multiple lawyers commit fraud in writing against me, steal all my money, and I was told "you fell through a crack by the DOJ, FBI, Whitehouse, State AG, State Bar, and local bar". Our court system has stopped functioning as a reliable system... unchecked... where lawyers enrich themselves to buy elected office to perpetuate this tyranny. The solution: Stop electing lawyers to office and improve the system.

      The fact Florida lacks a criminal statute outlawing the unreported disposal of dead babies enforces my comments.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Jersey Joe

      The person who most likely knows what happened could not, under our system, be called to testify as to what happened. Well, she no longer has a Fifth Amendment right not to testify. Whether by way of a civil suit for wrongful death of the little girl or a grand jury investigation, Casey can now be COMPELLED to say what happened. If she confesses, we have the truth; if she lies, a potent perjury prosecution. Both are preferable to the current state of ignorance.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
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