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. Chip

    In this great Nation a person is innocent until proven guilty. That's the law and a cornerstone of our society.
    Casey Anthone was found "Not Guilty". End of story.
    As an Americam I am very proud of the jury in this case . They can hold their head high as citizens of the United States of America.

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

      And people wonder why this country is going to hell. Proud of 12 morons who actually came up with reasonable doubt in this case?

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

      True enough. But it does not have to end here. The public has an interest in knowing the truth. Call Casey before a grand jury and let's hear it now. Why wait for her to make the millions off her book/movie deal?

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

      If you want to be proud because people are dumb, it's up to you. It was a pure and simple miscarriage of justice due to absolute stupidity from a jury with a collective IQ of likely 85.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • The system worked just fine TYVM

      Yeah Eric, let's not even bother having a trial seeing we know they're guilty. Let's just lynch 'em.

      Moron

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

      It is just amazing to me how many ignorant people there are commenting on how stupid the jury is. Until you've been a juror on a capital murder case, you have no clue what they go through. It's easy to sit in front of a TV showing a biased media and assume guilt. When someone's life is in your hands, you need to feel absolutely sure that that person is 100% guilty or you're going to wonder for the rest of your life if you made a deadly mistake. This jury did its job well.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Balthier

      Throw this child murderer in general pop in prison see how long she lasts

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

      I don't thiink this jury did their job well. They asked to review evidence during the trial but not in deliberation and they clearly, based on the comments of the alternates, discussed the case prior to deliberations and have stated they could not convict based on their concern over penalty. This was the guilt phase; not penalty. Now they say they are sick over their decision? Well, f you believed she was guilty, that's what you should have said idiots! I think they were fools.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tracey

    I think the only mistake in this trial was going for the Death Penalty. If it had been a lesser charge I'm sure it would have been a different outcome. Oh well, some say God will judge her - I just hope DEXTER gets a hold of her!

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

      There WERE other options!!! Felony murder, no death pentalty. Aggravated child abuse. Come on people! Is anyone paying attention?

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

      She's innocent so she doesn't care what you hope. Also, she'll make money off of this fiasco and make you look like skid row.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • The system worked just fine TYVM

      Yeah Tawnya, they were paying attention. Attention to the fact that the prosecution had no convictions and just threw every charge it could dream up at her in hoping the jury would opt for a lesser charge knowing they had no first degree death penalty murder case at all.

      They played games with the jury and it backfired.

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

      There were a lot of options on the table. Murder one was the potential death but there were manslaughter etc...plenty opportunities without sending her to death but showing she did kill her child. To see her as not guilty is such a blow that it is obvious all 12 people were unfit to be jurors...yet.....who wants to sit on a jury ? That system needs to change. It sends killers free as there are plenty innocent people lost in the jails.

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

      They coouldn't convict on any of the charges because they still don't know when, where, how, why or who was present at the time of death. They did return a verdict based on their feelings or the media. They returned a verdict based on the facts and evidence presented at trial. And they were 100% correct in doing so. If you want murder convictions without answering those basic questions then you're in the wrong country. Thank God!

      July 7, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Melissa

    I am just sick that the jury reached that verdict of NOT GUILTY... I understand they stated there was not enough evidence but why not give her a lessor charge> Why let her go free.. I have no doubt in my mind this woman had something to do with this or knows who did.. Why would she LIE so much and my thing is WHY not report your child missing.... As a mother I worry every minute of the day about where my child is and what she is doing and she is 7. How could a mother not tell anyone about her 2 year old baby missing.. I just do not understand ...... I guess I will never understand.. This woman will get to walk the streets and get book deals and movie deals and her child does not get a chance to live a happy life.. What a sad sad world we live in.... God Bless CAYLEE and may she RIP !!!!!!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rachel

    Did anyone notice that since she no longer is trying to sway the jury, she comes to court with her hair down and vamped out?

    she is already hunting....piece of work.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dave

    Yeah she let her hair down. Getting away with murder is cause for celebration.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. Val

    Casey Anthony was found NOT GUILTY by a jury of her peers and if you say she is guilty you are opening yourself to libel and slander.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Don

      the jurors were wrong they even say that they think she is guilty but cant convict because of lack of evidence by no means is she not guilty

      July 7, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr Brightside

      Ugh, please learn the system before you comment.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Annelise

      @Val, that is not even close to an accurate statement.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Finally, a voice of reason! If I were her, I'd find a group of teens and pay them min. wage to surf news sites and she'd be richer than Bill Gates by the time she was done suing your idiots.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      @Val. Not true. Just because she was acquitted does not mean someone cannot express their opinion. And since libel and slander are civil crimes, not a criminal ones, the burden of evidence is much lower. Should she try to sue someone for libel and slander, they could very well win the case based on the preponderance of evidence pointing to her as the murderer... civil trials only require a majority opinion by the jury, not a uninamous affirmation of guilt beyond a shadow of a doubt. Just ask OJ, who lost the civil trial based on the wrongful death lawsuit the Browns filed.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Mindy

      She is GUILTY & you are incompetent....so don't forget defamation when you bring on your slander & libel suit. Seriously you should look up what those words mean before you start throwing them around like you're some wanna be law student. AND jury person (mpre than one) has stated that NONE OF THEM thought she was innocent but they were too worried about her punishment as they did not believe it fit the crime when they felt they needed more solid forensic evidence linking her to the murder. READ READ READ before you SPEAK SPEAK SPEAK.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mindy

      @VAL: THE ABOVE REPLY

      July 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cachet100

      Val, you really need to shut up. If this is all you have to say then you are not contributing anything meningful. Casey is guilty. All of the evidence pointed to her. Yes the jury ruled a not guilty verdict, however if yu have been following the news, you would have known that juror #3 said they were all sick to their stomach at the ruling because they knew she was guilty and in their opinion, the prosecution didn't prove their case. You need to get off of this blog and shut up. You are just as stupid as the jurors who botched the case.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chrissie

      Now how you gonna praise the jurors and bash them in the same comment. Wow.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glen

      Nothing but praise for the jurors. It was an unpopular verdict but the only one possible based on evidence presented at trial.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • FL Resident

      yes, she was ACQUITTED...it doesn't mean she's innocent. It just means there wasn't enough evidence to put her to death. I have $1000 that says she will be back in jail in less than a year, for some other idiotic move and lapse in judgement on her part. As a citizen of Orlando...I firmly hopes she moves, for everyone's safety.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • DISGUSTED69

      lets not forget she stole hundreds of checks from her mother who covered for her and from her grandfathers account used to pay for his retirement home – her mother created the monster she has become, she should blame herself maybe if she would have gone to jail for some of her previous crimes her parents would have taken caylee and she would stilll be alive.
      Casey will continue on the destructive path she was on before this and will be her own worst enemy.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • redmonde

      LOL..

      July 7, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shirley

      I agree

      July 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tee

    Judge Perry giving her the maximum just goes to show what an overfed goof this man is.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • toyia

      I agree. Just let the woman out, her life is going to be difficult enough. He should retire.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. Henry

    Anthony was found not guilty by a Jury. Sad we know. But she had a right to a jury and the jury spoke.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. Kevin in Canada

    Bad decision by this judge – no wonder he is still hanging around the civil courts and has never moved on to the much more prestiges Federal courts or even the upper state courts. He has spent his career hanging around the lower courts because of bad decisions like this. Baez could appeal, but she will be out before an appeal could be heard.
    This man has just emabarrassed himself in front of his colleauges coast to coast.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. lori

    She might get laid a lot in jail. Let's hope!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • BiggieSmalls

      I'd do her in a second! Bring her on!!

      July 7, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Courtney

    I hope she SUFFERS for the rest of her life! WHY WOULD YOU LIE IF YOU DID NOTHING WRONG?????? She KNOWS what happened and won't admit it because she doesn't wanna be in jail....but your DAUGHTER didn't wanna be 6 feet under either! I wish Casey the worst, and I hope Karma bites her in the behind!

    Also, she was a little TOO happy when she was found not guilty, I would be MORE worried about what happened to my daughter....but it seems to me all she cared about was herself. YOU ARE SICK

    She should NOT be allowed to have children, get her fixed!

    I hope Casey has alot of haters! 🙂

    July 7, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. Captain Creampie

    That sweet little box of hers has been all alone for so long. I bet her panties smell so good.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. State always wins

    Consider this, the police are allowed to lie to you, (Supreme Court ruling) but you cannot lie to them, Congress has premium healthcare but forces us to have less, Congress lies to us but charges Roger Clemens, dont agree with the jury verdit, we will fine you into poverty and lock you up on frivolus charges. Too bad the State and prosecution could not railroad another person in thier system built to keep you there....

    July 7, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. Shaif Yirboosch

    So the lesson to be learned here is never speak to the COPS.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. Pam

    Val, you're being idiotic. Nobody is saying she must pay for the prosecution's case against her. It's for the months and months of searching for Caylee when she said, by her OWN ADMISSION, she knew she was dead all along. It's not for the trial, but the wild goose chase this murderer took everyone on.

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

      What I find interesting is that if she would have been convicted, they wouldn't want her to pay for anything but since she was found not guilty then she should pay some money. How many people have lied to the police and the police had to use manpower hours. Just let it go, this has dragged on long enough.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
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