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. megan lowe

    The jurors are a bunch of morons!

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

      DO YOU KNOW THESE JURORS? DO YOU KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT THE CASE? DO YOU BELIEVE IN OUR JUSTCE SYSTEM? DO YOU LIVE IN THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD? I JUST WANT TO KNOW ONE THING. WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE ANYONE? STOP AND THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU SAY BECAUSE YOU MAKE PEOPLE THINK YOUR IGNORANT!!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tammylea

    Can't they go after her for tampering with a corpse or abuse of a corpse after the fact? She doesn't need to be out on the Streets! She shouldn't be allowed to bear anymore children! This is all a big joke! Everyone make sure you buy her book and go see her movie so she can become a rich and famous murderer!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • The system worked just fine TYVM

      Basically you're saying "I don't care that she's been found not guilty, just come up with something to keep her in jail"?

      July 7, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      She may have been found not guilty in a court of law, but if you can't see she's been found guilty in the court of public opinion and that has more sway than you think.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • DC603

      They could, if they actually had any evidence that she had something to do with the corpse.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Sigh

      They couldn't prove she had anything to do with the corpse during the trial. What do you propose they use as evidence that they haven't already included? She's not guilty. It doesn't mean innocent. I certainly don't want her life going forward. I'd prefer prison where I'd at least feel safe part of the day.

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

      I for one will not purchase any book, watch any movie regarding this child killer. I will boycott any and all stations, magazines, books anything pertaining to her. She belongs in jail and not walking our streets.

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

      No, they can't go after her for jack sh!t anymore, the state tried to pin murder 1 on her and failed. It is against the law to try her for any lesser crimes involving the case now that she's been found not guilty. The state should have tried for obstruction or manslaughter alone but they were greedy. You people need a F'ing education.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Ashley McGaha - Mother of 1 an pregnant w/ another

      I a devistated I cried when they said Not Guilty that twit needs to be in jail! This is like OJ all over again, her attorney is a joke, he dropped out of highchool and had to fight to become a lawyer. The Jury has got to be kidding me, what do you mean answers were not given, hello, pay attention look at the evidence and you will see how that poor baby died. This just goes to show you anyone can get away with murder. I hope she has body cards when she gets out or God knows what will happen. She better be glad that I am not near FL or I would be out in the street rampaging!

      Go to Hell Casey Anthony

      July 7, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Where'sJackRuby'sRelatives???

      This was a gross miscarriage of justice. Period. There are 19 people with blood on their hands-and they know who they are. John Klass said it best-"There is now a sociopathic, child killer who has been let loose into society." She is firing on all cylinders-because she committed murder and got away with it! Don't think that this is the last of Casey Anthony. The jury could NOT have done their job in the short amount of time that they deliberated. She was only one who LIED about the 31 days when Caylee was missing and festering in that swamp...have we come to the point where we cannot rely on common sense?

      July 7, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Christella

      I WILL. SHE WAS FOUND TO BE NOT GUILTY, AND AFTER ALL GOD DID NOT PUT ME HERE TO JUDGE ANYONE,LET ALONE YOU, OR ANYONE ELSE....FOOD FOR THOUGHT. IF IN FACT SHE IS GUILTY, THEN LET GOD DEAL WITH HER, WHY YOU?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • BARBARA

      Christella, get a life and let others say what they think. Remember, free speach.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. SciguyWA

    her lawyer a "hero?" Yeah, to every criminal, murdering low-life that gets away with murder, or has a murder charge currently against them. Curious though: where is the manslaughter charge that she should have also been charged with? Every state I know also files for manslughter.
    Only thing I ask is why the court didn't recommend sterlizing her. Hard to believe she is free to have more children. While the evidence may not have been sufficient for 1st degree capital murder, the evidence is there for involuntary manslaughter.
    And anyone who thinks she was innocent needs only read the part where they a) didn't report it until forced to, b) just had a gay old time partying and drugging it up and c) showed little saddness throughout the trial.
    You see: all of you mothers who are siding with her; you think she feels like you, what you feel towards your children. What you don't get, and can't get apparently, is that is what makes murderers: they do NOT think like you do. Hence why they can kill their children. And you do not set them free to kill again.

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

      They did charge her with manslaughter and she was found not guilty of that too, dumba$$.

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

      For all you people out there with a mob mentality why dont you push for a law against above ground swimming pools. Call it Caylee's Low.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • DC603

      Scott, they charged her with aggravated manslaughter. If they had charged her with involuntary manslaughter, they probably would have had a better case.

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

      Completely agree DC603, however the author did not distinguish. The state got greedy and tried to crucify her with murder 1 and failed, they probably could have landed her 10-20 years for obstruction of justice, involuntary manslaughter, and countless other offenses. But now it is against the law for them to try her for any lesser crimes now that a jury has found her innocent.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Christella

      I AM A MOM AND FIND YOU COMMENTS OFFENSIVE. CASEY MAY BE ALL THE NAMES YOU WANT TO CALL HER,BUT YOU DON'T KNOW HER OR HOW SHE FEELS! THAT IS WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE TODAY.STOP.BREATHE. AND WORRY ABOUT YOURSELF AND STOP CASTING STONES, LEAVE THAT TO GOD!!!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sigh

    She was found "Not Guilty". that does not equal "innocent". Like it or not, that's the verdict. To claim she's guilty implies knowledge of fact about Caylee's death that was not presented in court. So anyone proclaiming her guilty is either speculating or equally guilty. Bottom line is our courts did their job and it's not a civil liberty to reverse the decision.

    She's not going to make it rich. She'll be sued. She could end up paying a fortune for costs of the investigation based on her false statements. Imagine what it will cost to "feel safe"? Who is going to be interested in paying to hear from a woman who claims she doesn't know what happened and is innocent? May as well pay me to speculate right? It didn't work out too well for OJ. She's going to be abandoned by damn near everyone. She's never going to feel safe. She won't be able to work. Where is she going to party? Who wants to party with her? Imagine how many people will spit on her in her lifetime. Imagine trying to find a job. Imagine knowing people aren't around you because they care, but merely because of your notoriety. She's going to crash and crash hard. Odds are she'll end up back in jail and I doubt she'll have all the protection she currently has. Like they said. It's far from over.

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

      TRUE,BUT VERY SAD. WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY THAT JUDGES YOU ALL THE TIME, AND IT IS NOT RIGHT. SHE WAS FOUND TO BE NOT GUILTY, BUT IT DOES NOT MATTER BECAUSE IN THE EYES OF THE MEDIA, AND MANY. ALL I CAN OFFER OR ANYONE ELSE WHO BELIEVES IN GOD, IS PRAY FOR HER BECAUSE IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. IF IN FACT SHE IS GUILTY,LET GOD JUDGE HER,NOT US.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jack Meoff

    I think that there is a mass muderer on the loose in this country. I bet that the same guy who killed Ms. Brown and Mr. Goldman (the OJ case) also killed little Caylee and a whole bunch of other people. It must be the one-armed man.

    And, my name says it all. I'm just plain disgusted with the 12 idiots who comprised the jury. :-(

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

    Sorry but the fact of the matter in this case is , that the coroner could not prove murder so therefore the jury couldn't convit of murder or attemted murder, so she couldn't get chearged with it plain ansd simple. The only people that are guilty is the people out there that are acting like lynch mobs and giving her ndeath threats, they are the guilty persons and every single one of these people who have given her death threats and such should all be tried for attempted murder. If there is there is maddness or confusion on why it went down this way be mad at the police officers and those who were working on case that quit doing there job investigating it when they thought she was guilty to begin with. WE live in American where it's innocent until proven guilty, not guilty because we think you are and in this case justice prevailed and did it job.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. The system worked just fine TYVM

    And now the shamed faced prosecutors compound their stupidity by trying to make her pay money for their badly conducted case/amaturish prosecution. Nothing more than an end around the verdict and an unwillingness to admit they've lost.

    Give it up already.

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

      She was not guilty of 3 counts, but guilty of 4. Doesn't mean we through out the 4 because they lost the 3. She's still accountable for the 4 crimes she was convicted of and her actions cost a boat load of money for which they feel she's responsible for repaying. It's not an all or nothing deal.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. SciguyWA

    Because the next child they kill could be yours.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. susan

    justice will be served when that nasty little wench karma comes to visit, and guess what people "WE GET TO WATCH"! I'll bring the popcorn, you bring the beer!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • The system worked just fine TYVM

      The only thing you're going to get to watch is her becoming rich and famous.

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

      She won't make it rich. Several problems with that theory. 1) She claims she's innocent and doesn't know what happened so pay for what? 2) How well did it work out for OJ? She's not a popular person or one that has received much sympathy. 3) She's going to go broke trying to feel safe and numb 4) She's going to be hard pressed to find a job. 5) She'll spend a fortune in cleaning bills for clothes when people are spitting on her. 6) Her life won't be worth all the money in the world so odds are, even if she has money, she's not going to be able to enjoy it.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jack Meoff

    I'll bet that you are an imbecile.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Think on it

    For all of you thinking the girl should fry or that she should be whacked once she's on the street...which one of you are going to do it? Do you really think your defense team will get you off? What? Justifiiable homicide? Temporary insanity? I dont think so. It's time to live and let live.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • susan

      i say everyone pitch in a dollar and the money can pay off some psycho to shoot her. what a pot of money that would be – wonder how much her parents would chip in?

      July 7, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. MsVisaDeKlined

    bet you're not

    July 7, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. karl

    you know what is wrong with this country is that everyone is guilty until proven innocent and well i believe casey and well my heart does go out to her but i think that she has suffered enough and well just let this go i was not convince she had anything to do with this why would a mother do that to her own kid? come on wake and get real people are just looking for a scapegoat casey i believe you

    July 7, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Ruth A Farella

    Hello. I am feel sorry for Casey Anthony. I think somebody is trying to kill Casey's daughter Caylee Anthony. I think somebody is hiding from the tree May God Bless You and Pray the Lord. Take care and "smile".

    July 7, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Dave

    CNN being "anti-Casey" is almost as bad as FOX being "pro-Bush" Why arent both sides being looked at? Only the ticked off people are being interviewed and only one person who agreed with the verdict?!?! Talk about one-sided biased reporting. These anchors/reporters are taking it so personally! Report the story NOT just your opinions!

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