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. ALLSMILES

    1+1 has got to equel 2....and in this case it did not....they just could not put casey at the crime! I'm happy with the out come....I just dont see her as a cold blooded killer....just give it a few years and the truth will one day come out...it always does...

    July 7, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. ezg

    Why didn't they convicted of the lesser options on the jury form? At the LEAST negligence...Her child was in her custody and got killed and dumped in the trash...How could there be no legal consequence for this?

    July 7, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Melvin

    thousands of kids get killed everyday by their parents, families, and other people but yet Caylee death and her mother trial is more special than any other case in America dealing with the same crime. I'm a shame of anybody who's direct their hate towards the jury, the jugde, and the defense team for doing their job. Its not about what you know, its about what you can prove in court, many of you people wasnt watching this case, many of you are just jumping on the media bandwagon, screaming justice for Caylee, justice for Caylee, the state did not prove to the jury that Casey murder her child, get over it, case close. If you're still angry find something productive to do instead of protesting and chanting, how about you go to your local or state court system and help out a child or a family that lost a child thats dealing with the same issues, believe me people there's thousands of cases like this, Caylee's murder is no more special or different than any other case here in America or the world.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. Casey Anthony Juror

    Dang, your wife must be pretty as a staph infection.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • BikerBabe 53

      Wow...hold up a mirror...watch out for the Vomit coming out of your mouth!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. kathee

    If the prosecution had charged Casey Anthony with what they could PROVE and not what they felt they KNEW Casey Anthony would be sitting in jail for the next 15 years convicted of NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE BY A CAREGIVER
    The prosecution was blinded by their outrage and sorry for Caley.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. Check Fraud

    won't she still be on probation for her check fraud conviction when she gets out of jail?

    July 7, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. Don

    I am sure karma will catch up to her at some time but its wrong and the jurors were wrong in not going threw this case a little more. She has opened the door for more people to commit the same crime in the same way. The due process did not work in this case i am ashamed of our system and the jurors should be really ashamed. A 6 week trial and the jury does not ask to go over any of the evidence in there very short 10 hour vote. sorry it does not make any sense. If they the jury feels like she is guilty but vote not guilty because they did not hear how she died why did they not go over any of the evidence at all. Just goes to say that our system is screwed up. Times have changed over the years and so should our system

    July 7, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. Big_D

    I smell a new FOX news candidate!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. tariq razi

    What a justice world overall looks up to Americans to set examples of justice not only done but seen to have been done!!! It was really sad to here the final verdict in this case.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. slipery

    I would dew her

    July 7, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. tony

    If Casey Anthony get attacked or injured or worse, it will be Nancy Graces fault for the media frenzy she has created. She should be fired by HLN

    July 7, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Today

      Yeah..Poor girl...let's all protect CHILD MURDERER

      July 7, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mike Distance

    Lawyers, Judges, Police Officers, Criminal Pundits all be thankful for murderers, they help fill your wallets and purses. Profiting of murder, the American way! The Military Industrial Complex and Defense contractors will be proud!!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. Barb

    Right on Carol, This was a 'JURY IN A HURRY' They should feel sick and uneasy,. they were as guilty as Casey/

    July 7, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jon

    she should have gotten no jail time and the key to the city

    July 7, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      Girls just wanna have fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. joey buttafuco

    FREE CASEY ANTHONY NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
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