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. god

    Wow our legal system sucks...... I mean geez......

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

      GOD? WELL IF IT REALLY IS YOU,WHY ARE YOU BLOGGING,INSTEAD OF DOING? YA. DIDNT THINK SO

      July 7, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. Opine69

    funny many blacks are upset about this verdit saying she got off cuz she was white and all this attention cuz the baby was white, yet i ask, why werent blacks upset at the OJ verdict? y were many blacks in fact celebrating.funny many blacks are upset about this verdit saying she got off cuz she was white and all this attention cuz the baby was white, yet i ask, why werent blacks upset at the OJ verdict? y were many blacks in fact celebrating. show more show less

    July 7, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • B7C

      OPine I don't know what you have seen with black people getting upset over this, As a matter of fact I was pleasantly surprised to see so many people of color upset over this and protesting for the little girl. It sounds more like you are trying to get something started with your comments.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Christella

      BOUT TIME SOMEONE SAID IT!!! I AM SO SICK OF HEARING THE RACE CARD BEING PLAYED,AND THAT'S BECAUSE I AM HISPANIC.WE ARE ALL A PEOPLE, AND YOU HAVE YOUR OCCASIONAL IDIOTS TALK ABOUT THINGS THEY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT. I KNEW CASEY WOUL BE FOUND NOT GUILTY BECAUSE THE PROSECUTER'S COULD NOT PROVE THEIR CASE. NOT BECAUSE SHE IS WHITE..

      July 7, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. Diamond

    Why are you people still talking such foolishness~NOT GUILTY her personal life is just that hers~get over yourselves its over and done. Guess what people who care what you think and feel ~go serve jury time, make a difference this case is over.

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

      THAT'S RIGHT,BUT EVERYONE BELIEVES THEY ARE GOD NOWADAYS. THE MEDIA HAS ALT TO DO WITH THIS,JUST TURN IT ON TO JANE VELEZ AND NANCY GRACE. THEY HVE PEOPLE WITH THIS MOB MENTALITY. PEOPLE STOP, REFLECT ON YOUR LIVES. SHE WAS FOUND TO BE NOT GUILTY!!!! LEAVE WELL ENOUGH ALONE.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. ncgirl

    I'm very amazed at how quickly people judge others due to hearsay and speculation. We all need to pause for a minute and consider 2 things. First of all it was evident that Casey loved Caylee. There were hundreds of pictures and vidoes of the 2 of them together. None of the witnesses made any statements about abuse or confirmed the fact that Caylee may have been a burden to her. The love for her daughter was undeniable. Her behavior after Casey went missing is certainly strange but that goes with the dysfunctional family she's form and the liar that she is. The second thing to consider is to put yourself in the shoes of the jury and consider the eveidence. I personally dont think Caylee is completely innocent but I'm NOT TOTALLY CONVINCED of her guilt either. That makes me unsure. There are a lot of questions unanswered, a lot of informatiuon unclear and a lot of speculation going on. The state did NOT PROVE without a doubt in my mind that she's guilty. I think she loved her daughter and may or may not have killed her. The defense created a lot of doubts in the prosecutors case and that's why they won. If you're not sure about something, you cannot convict. I dont think the jury believes she's innocent, they just didnt have enough evidence to prove her guilt. Let's all calm down..breathe and direct our energy towards praying for Caylee. That God gives her a peaceful rest and makes her one of his beautiful Angels. If Casey is guilty, let God be the ultimate judge.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Lean6

      Talking sense will get you nowhere here, ncgirl. (sarc)

      July 7, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • MMSands

      Something else you might want to keep in mind: appearances can be deceiving. You are being just as quick to judge as those you are condemning for judging too hastily. It's easy to make something look like one thing for public consumption, while having what goes on behind closed doors can be entirely different.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Wow

      Your theory doesn't float with me. She's guilty. She knows it. Maybe she did love her, but not enough. Casey Anthony lies and steals. No charachter whatsoever. She's a selfish hateful woman and a child is dead.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Lynn

      Very well said! I agree with you.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Lean6

      MMStands, it's a good thing there's all of that evidence to refer back to when our emotions get the best of us then...is it not? The Prosecution came up short pure and simple...and apparently they came up waaaay short, considering the amount of official deliberation and unanimous findings among the jurors. Like someone else started to say, unfortunately you can never be proclaimed "Innocent" in a court of law. Even people exhonnerated of their crimes through even DNA are never declared "Innocent". Now comes the American Circus of Wrongful Death and Civil Claims, triggered when the justice system doesn't produce the results people have laid their bets on. It's like a crooked game of Blackjack or Craps in the Casino if you're a defendant...you AIN'T gonna win!!!

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

      AMEN!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joseph

    This is a fair sentencing and she should pay for all the time she wasted sending authorities on a wild goose chase. You can not have it both ways. She was found not guilty (but not innocent) of murder. She was found guilty of lying and that should have financial consequences. Why should our tax dollars pay for her inability to tell the truth. As we teach our children, every action has consequences and I think it is a lesson that should be taught. Get every dime back that was spent. As far as I am concerned, she is still getting away with murder.

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

      But innocent isnt a choice in a court of law. Its either guilty or not guilty and she was found to not be responsible. I would like to see all of the people who have lied to the police and the punishment they received. I would say most received no jail at all.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. paul

    What most likely happened, given all the info & evidence is that Casey left Caylee unattended in the car while she was off doing something & Caylee died of hyperthermia. When Casey found Caylee, she freaked, probably put her in the trunk till she could figure out what to do. She could have been driving around w/ her in the trunk for a week. Maybe she thought of taking her to her parents to make it look like she drowned in the pool, but it was too late for that. Maybe she decided to take the gas cans to burn the body, but couldn't do it. Maybe she finally asked her dad, an ex-cop, to help her & he buried Caylee where she was later found. Her car stunk so she ditched it. This scenario explains both Casey's behavior & her father's behavior – they would not have told her mother about any of it until later. Casey obviously had something to do w/ the death of her daughter, I don't believe it was intentional, this scenario makes the most sense to me If Caylee had accidently drowned in the pool there would be no reason to try & hide it – w/ hyperthermia there is.

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

      You forgot to include the fact that see put duct tape over her daughter's mouth to prevent her from making a sound when she woke up.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • DC603

      rocksor – how do you know it was to prevent sound and not to prevent bodily fluids from leaking out since she had been dead a while?

      You can't. And I can't prove mine either. Which is part of the reason why the prosecution had no case for murder one.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • paul

      A world-renowned forensic pathologist testified on Saturday at the Casey Anthony murder trial that duct tape found near the remains of Ms. Anthony’s 2-year-old daughter was not affixed to her face until after the child was already dead.

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

      I agree. I don't think it was brought up about who was taking care of Caylee when she was out partying. She may have used drugs to put her to sleep and it was an overdose or she was left in the car and she died, as you stated. I do feel that she should have gone to jail. I was on a murder trial and it is almost impossible to convict based on jury instructions. The term "reasonable doubt" should be removed from the instructions. Unless you were there or many other people were, reasonsable doubt can always be a defense. Our laws protect the guilty more than the innocent.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mom in Disbelief

    One thing I know: a pathological-liar and sociopath like Casey Anthony will definitely get into trouble again. That's the nature of her personality (and disorders). She actually believes people buy her lies and I guess, to a degree, she's been right–that's how she's gotten so good at it. A person who invents as many details as Casey does in fabricating her own reality to suit herself has been doing it a very, V-E-R-Y long time.

    It's literally how she navigates through her world.
    She couldn't stop lying if she tried. This is not the last we've heard of Casey Anthony.....

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

      you're an idiot

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

    i hate to say this and hate even more to feel this but i hope serious physical violence is inflicted upon kc.

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

      Yeah, if you really feel bad that should tell you something. You need to get a job or, if you already have one, get back to work and carry on with your life. I have a feeling the worst is yet to come with all of the paid interviews/book/movie deals she will be receiving. Dont get caught up with anger, especially with people you dont know.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Annon

      Then don't say it because it isn't nice. Surely YOUR mother taught you better!!

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

      I CAN NOT BELEIVE YOU JUST POSTED THIS KATHI. YOU MUST NOT KNOW GOD @ ALL, AND SO ALL I CAN OFFER IS TO PRAY FOR YOU BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY YOU HAVE SOME DEEP SEATED ISSUES!!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. HannahsMom

    I simply cannot believe that she got away with this. I think the jurors should all be forced to have Casey babysit their children and grandchildren. Let's see how they feel about that! So did the baby put duct tape on her face and wander off into the woods to die of natural causes? The child was missing for 31 days. Her mother did not report her missing because she knew EXACTLY where she was. RIP Caylee. There are people on this earth who love you and mourn your passing. It's obvious your mother doesn't.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Juries aren't your friends, they have a job to do, and they did their job, this is not CSI where you get a pretty ending all the time; the prosecutor took a weak case and tried to go for Capital Murder – it did not have the merits and it lost; he should have focused on a manslaughter charge.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • DC603

      Mark, I agree fully!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Christella

      IGNORANCE IS NOT AN EXCUSE FOR THE THINGS YOU YHINK YOU KNOW HANNAHSMOM. STOP TRYING TO ACT AS JUDGE,JURY AND EXECUTIONER, INSTEAD CONCENTRATE ON LOVING YOUR CHILD BECAUSE YOUR PRESUMPTIONS OF CASEY,DONT MEAN A DAMN THING!!! GOD KNOWS WHAT HAPPEND AND HE WILL TAKE CARE OFIT,

      July 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. John Kindle

    A great many people are forgetting about a two-year old baby who most like suffered a horrible death, a death most likely by the hands of her mother. Apparently the mother has no feelings about the child who came from her body. She was partying for the entire time after the baby's disappearance and did not report her missing for a month. This mother is like the devil; she lies and has no feelings other than "let's have a good time". If any of the news media or publishers pay her one cent for interviews, books, photos, all the people should boycott them, not listen or buy their products. Perhaps this would stop them from giving a great deal of money to people who have committed grievous sins. This mother committed serious sins just by ignoring her daughter, not even being concerned when the baby disappeared, not reporting her missing, partying the entire time and lying, lying, lying. She is the devil in disguise.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. cookie517

    Here's an idea, take her out of protective custody in prison. Put her in general population.

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

      And what are you hoping for? More violence? Will that improve your life?

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

      SEE COOKIE517, THAT IS PRECISELY WHY THE WORLD IS THE WAY IT IS!!!! YOU JUST APPROVED OF VIOLENCE AGAINST SOMEONE WHO WAS PROVED TO BE INNOCENT. WETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT, SHE IS NOT GUILTY IN THE EYES OF THE LAW.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sykvua C

    Baez and his cohorts as well as soon Casey Anthony ARE DANCING ON CALEE'S GRAVE

    July 7, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dennis

    Ok people lets let it go! This is a dead horse – CNN will you please stop beating it and get on with the daily news. I'm sure there are a heck of a lot other things going on in the world, besides your opinions of what Casy Anthony is eating in jail.

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

      YOU ARE SO RIGHT DENNIS!!!! THEY ARE SITTING THERE MAKING PEOPLE GET MORE ANGRY BY THE MINUTE, AND THEY SHOULD BE HELD RESPONSIBLE IF SOMETHING SHOULD HAPPEN TO CASEY. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE MISSING LOVED ONES,MURDERED LOVED ONES,BUT THEY JUST WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW HOW ANGRY THEY ARE ABOUT CASEY GETTING OUT WED. I THOUGHT NEWS WAS ABOUT REPORTING UNBIASED NEWS,NOT CONDEMING THOSE FOUND TO BE NOT GUILTY!!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. brown

    This filthy cu nt found the hole in the law and crawled into it!

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

      DO YOU KISS YOUR MOM WITH THAT MOUTH? IF YOU DO, SHE MUST HAVE NOT TAUGHT YOU ANY BETTER!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Greyhoundloverx3

    Why is the jail time for the felony conviction on the check charge for Amy Huizenga not being included in this? That should be an additional charge and not included in the misdemeanor charges for this case. Keep her in jail as long as possible!

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