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. Paul

    That alternate juror, (#14) speaks volumes about the intelligence of some of those jurors. His stupidity his beyond comprehension. The statements he's made are completely illiterate and without any reasoning. And, he's a high school government teacher? God help his unfortunate students.

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

      I bet he's a public school teacher.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. lori

    I too hope she gets put in general population. That will take care of her wet panty problem! lol

    July 7, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. Lisa

    For this girl, I'm afraid there won't be any peace. Anything she does will be reported; if she gets a DUI, it will be reported, if she steals again, it will be reported; if she party's it will be reported; she will probably have to go into hiding due to the death threats that she will get; her family is already getting death threats; I agree it is no body's business, but it just doesn't work that way in the world we live in now. Anything this girl does, will be analyzed; OJ Simpson had an awful time after his trial, he had money problems, he was shouted at everywhere he went, no, this girl will not have the good life that people thinks she will have. I do hope and pray everyone can move on and have some peace.

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

      Good. She deserves to be miserable for the rest of her worthless life.

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

      Ya those are the breaks when you murder innocent people and get away with it... it's a tough life but I'm sure she will be drinking and partying just fine.

      Poor Casey...

      July 7, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Christella

      I agree.People are to quick to JUDGE other's,but are not ready to JUDGE themselves. Casey is not going to be able to have a good life, even though she was aquitted by a JURY of HER PEERS. We live in a world where people want to find something to complain about, and this time it is the JUSTICE SYSTEM. I SAY "LOVE YOUR COUNTRY,OR LEAVE IT". THE MEDIA HAS ALOT TO DO WITH THIS MOB MENTALITY THAT PEOPLE ARE EXPERIENCING!!!! THIS NEEDS TO STOP!!! If CASEY IS GUILTY, THEN LET GOD DEAL WITH HER. NO ONE IS PERFECT,OR WITHOUT SIN!!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sharon

    I'm surprised Casey didn't get up and touch Ms. Sims breast. Like she did in one of ther party photos.
    Or getting up and stripping on the desk to show her Bella Vita!
    Her parents if they take this thing back into their lives they get what they deserve. No pity on them at all.
    Do not buy one think the Anthoys sell. Casey not one thing I will never watch anything she is on or what
    she does. Casey is a very sick person and I feel she will be back either in prison or jail again.
    She is a very messed up woman. She will not change the only thing going through Casey's mind is where
    is Fusion and I hope it is the same so I can go there and party.

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

      your an idiot

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

      Anyone think she'll use her car again since her baby's dead body was in the trunk? Will she put groceries in there? How about it, Casey?

      July 7, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. Geeky

    4 years for lying to the cops???? That's too much, cops lie every day.

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

      YOU ARE SO RIGHT!!!!!! NOW,THEY ARE ONE'S WHO COULD GET AWAY WITH MURDER!!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. Aurum510

    Why is CNN even reporting on this story? Things like this happen every other day. This news only affects a half dozen people, yet it's reported all over CNN? Come on.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • B7C

      I totally agree, it now seems as though CNN is deliberately trying to start a riot with the senationalism of their accounts. And the sad thing is someone will play to their cameras and do something stupid. They should know that, who ever their boss is, he/she needs to pull the plug on them but I know they wont.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. America Hater

    All you see protesting out side these courts is angery white people, you guys just hate for no reason, look at your self and pass judgement insted of judging other people, half of you will never be seated on a jury because you can't even hide your hate anymore.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • B7C

      America, wow are you looking at the same tv stations that I am looking at, there are different races from all over the country protesting. You have taken a truth and turned it into a lie for your own benefit. It is no wonder those people did not reach a true and just verdict, simply unbelievable, and I am not white.

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

      AMERICAHATER??? THEN LEAVE OUR COUNTRY AND GO TO ANOTHER!!!! PLEASE!!! THIS IS THE BEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. Tony

    Judge trying to act like god, and showing his obvious bias for the state, and forgeting he is a judge in the state of florida and not the court of public opnion.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • DC603

      How do you figure?

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

    she's hot. I think she made a deal with the jury.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. Denise

    I am beginning to think we have all been dooped I believe now that the Anthonys were working with the defense but I WOULD NEVER CONDONE MY GROWN CHILDREN LYING AND I could NOT back them up parents are to teach lessons to there children If this were me I could never back up my child what a shame

    July 7, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. deb

    Man, that pic of her on the CNN home page is quite an evil smirk....chilling.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Proud North American

      It's the media they would put anything up to prove their point. If they wanted to make her look like a decent human being they could but no, they want her to look like a monster so that's what they have done

      July 7, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. alexnden

    Can Caylee's paternal grandparents sue Casey for wrongful death? I heard the father's family is coming forward now and if they truly are Caylee's paternal grandparents, I think they have a good chance at winnning.

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

    Jennifer Ford, why? Because Caylee was in her way, she was a barrier to her. She was obssessed with her new boyfriend, and Caylee was in her evil mind, holding her down. How? She chloroformed her, duct taped here mouth, put her in the trunk of her car and eventually disposed of her in the woods!!!No one was keeping up with her whereabouts or watching her every minute. Therefore she had more than enough time to KILL HER DAUGHTER! Jennifer Ford, you jurors were (are) a bunch of IDIOTS! We all saw and heard, through the court proceedings, what she did – SHE KILLED HER DAUGHTER!!! You didnt see this????You bunch of stupid jurors.....

    July 7, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • DC603

      Good thing you're not a juror, because you don't seem to have an idea about how the system works. The prosecution had to prove, BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT, that Casey committed premeditated murder, according to the charge. They didn't charge her with involuntary manslaughter, or even a different form of murder; they charged her with murder in the first degree. Which means they had to prove the murder was premeditated.

      A) The prosecution admitted they don't know when Caylee was killed.
      B) The prosecution admitted they didn't know when Caylee was killed.

      It's hard to prove that this was premeditated without the answers to those questions.

      But let's talk about your other evidence:

      "She chloroformed her" – No, SOMEONE used chloroform.

      "duct taped here mouth" – Duct tape was ALLEGEDLY on Caylee's mouth; it was not on there when they found her. Again, SOMEONE used duct tape; there was no proof it was Casey. Casey's DNA was not on the duct tape.

      "put her in the trunk of her car" – Again, someone MAY have put her in the trunk of a car. It wasn't even proven that someone was in the trunk, there was only an odor that even experts couldn't determine was human remains. And again, even if she WAS in there, where's the proof that CASEY put someone in there?

      "and eventually disposed of her in the woods!!!" – SOMEONE disposed of her body in the woods.

      Don't get me wrong, Casey almost certainly had something to do with this, but your emotions and gut instinct don't count as proof beyond a reasonable doubt based on the CHARGES PRESENTED by the prosecution.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Me

      What floors me is the jury asking where was the proof? Did they miss the testimony about the dead two year old? Most two year olds don't just die of natural causes and they certainly couldn't duct tape their own mouths and place themselves into a bag.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Christella

      WOW!!! CARBY? SO IF YOU WERE THERE WHEN CAYLEE WAS MURDERED, THEN WHY WERE YOU NOT THERE FOR THE PROSECUTION? SHE WAS FOUND TO BE NOT GUILTY!!!! LIVE WITH IT AND STOP ACTING LIKE YOU ARE GOD BECAUSE I AM SURE YOU ARE FAR FROM IT. YOU SOUND LIKE ALL THE CNN MEDIA NOW. MAYBE THEY WILL GIVE YOU A JOB!!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. Ray

    I am aware that lying by itself is not a crime, but that lying to an investigator is a crime. But when Investigators are lying to witnesses or victims – this is not a crime? Maybe someone can help me understand.
    I am somewhat surprised to hear that a citizen gets sentenced to 4 years for lying to investigators, when there seems to be no such law visa versa.  I have it black on white that the investigating team in a case I was involved in (as a victim) had lied to me outright as to protect one of its own investigators, and that on several occasions.   If I would have known that I am being lied to by the investigators, I would have never volunteered the information I did volunteer, which in exchange allowed the investigators to build their case and bring this person to trial.  Afterwards, when I confronted the DA’s office in regards to obviously not telling the truth, I was told that investigators can lie, if it is in the interest of solving the case or to protect the integrity of the investigation.  
    Now, there is a man being prosecuted in the San Francisco Court System that would probably not even be on trial, would it not be for the information I provided the investigators nwith, which they procured from me by means of lies and deceit.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. LiquidSilver

    She is probably safer in jail for the next year than to be free with the crazies and their death threats or those seeking vigilante justice.

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