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. gfg

    victory! set the innocent woman free! no evidence no conviction!!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      That's right! No evidence at all! No crime was committed! Pure and innocent all around!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Fritfrat

      Yeah, she has no conviction for sure!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jacqueline

    Casey Anthony is a vile and disgusting person, she killed Caylee. Got away with murder! The rest of her family is no better, lie's, lie's lie's lie's lie's...she will have a doomed life. She is evil, now that she was found not guilty she acting like she's never done a thing, so is her family. What kind of people are these?? Outrageous! None of them care about little Caylee. What a joke. Caylee is still dead people! All is forgotten now?? I really don't understand.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • David Litton

      I don't understand why you're putting apostrophes into the word "lies" when it doesn't belong.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      You understand more than those who say there's no evidence, so don't worry about it.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Boogie

      @jacqueline....all your complaining and crying will most likely NOT motivate you to do anything to protect children in the future...you just want the world to know how rightous you are. Talk is cheap...what are YOU going to DO with your anger???

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

    What a damn shame...smh

    July 7, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. Scott

    She'll be released on July 13, 2011, in other words – next Wednesday. Wow.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. Daniel

    http://bit.ly/h4xJrA Absolutely disgusting

    July 7, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. deb

    Who ever gives her a ride home from jail should duct-tape her face and throw her in the trunk.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Fritfrat

      And don't forget the chloraform. Apparently this is not a crime in Florida, as long as you do not lie about it.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. Fritfrat

    suppose she is dreading getting out and being abused again by her father and brother...NOT

    July 7, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mary ann

    there is no justice when someone like Casey is let back onto the streets to party and make money off of the death of a little girl. I hope Casey has a miserable life

    July 7, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. Nick

    Season two: who killed Casey?

    July 7, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. phearis

    Just in time for Deathly Hallows pt 2.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. Virginia

    She is probably already pregnant with number 2.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. shadowboxer

    All you people saying let her free are idiots you know she did it , 31 days u stupid people she did not report her kid missing. She told police the little girl called her while she was missing . She would throw anyone under the bus including the people who support her. You people are terrible

    July 7, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. Idtapcasey

    Sweet! Now we can go on a REAL date!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. Deep North

    I really am surprised the did not say today. She has served 3 years for a 1 year sentence. Sentences were running concurrently...at the same time. That would mean 1 year in jail.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      the sentences were consecutive not concurrent

      July 7, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Don't forget

      She was also convicted of check fraud. That sentence comes into play as well.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • gennygirl

      you're wrong.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • frmrma

      Check again. The sentences were to run CONSECUTIVELY.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Dev

      Consecutive means ONE AFTER ANOTHER – Not simultaneously! So no, she wouldn't have only served ONE year for FOUR separate ONE year sentences.... Seriously dude?! Haha....

      July 7, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Seriously?

      Consecutively, not concurrently.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Rose

      Not concurrently - consecutively.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Skippy

      "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."

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

      CONSECUTIVELY, not concurrently

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

      Since when is murder "good behavior"?

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

      You might want to actually read the article.....

      [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.

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

      No. She was guilty of 4 charges with each of them having 1 year jail time. 4 years total.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • FYI

      they were consecutively, not concurrently.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Betsy

      Judge Perry did not sentence her concurrently – they were consecutive sentences.

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

      Not concurrently. Consecutively. Meaning back to back to back to back. That's 4 years. She should be in jail for at least another year but will get off on good behavior before that.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. Audrey

    Saddest thing is that this child has died and there is someone out there that knows exactly how it happened. Yes she was proven innocent and yes maybe we should mind our own business now, but your gut instinct wants to know how this could have happened and how can we not figure this out for the sake of the child. I don't blame the media, there is no stopping them. This is a big issue and will forever be in history. We can't know everything, but we can damn sure try.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Incorrect

      She was not proven innocent, only found "Not guilty". Big difference. All the verdict says is they didn't have enough evidence to prove she did it, not that they had enough to prove she didn't.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • TheWatcher11

      Hear! Hear! I could not agree more. We will know one day the truth of what has happened. It's a travesty that a little girl is dead, and, somewhere, is someone who knows the truth. For Casey, she has been adjudicated innocent. The case is put to rest.

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

      She was not proven innocent. If she wants to clear her name she would have to go through more litigation, odds are she won't take the chance of more evidence being released to the public.

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

      Well look at the brite side.... the tax payers dont have to support this b###h while shes in jail.. Now she has to live with it all and her parents. THis isn't the best system – who are we kidding , ourselves ?

      July 7, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • calvin

      She was not PROVEN innocent, she was FOUND not guilty because the prosecution didn't have solid evidence or proof. The jurors did not want to establish that verdict, but they had no choice based on the law. If she was truly innocent, she would have taken the stand in her own defense. She either did it, or conspired to do it. Any innocent mother would report their child missing SOON, not after 30 days. She is a PROVEN liar.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Jan Walk

      No Audrey, she was not proven innocent! She was found NOT GUILTY. Two different things. My hope for her when she's released July 13th is that she struggles to find somewhere to go now. Book/Movie profits will go toward her fines and the monies she owes the state of Florida for all of this mess!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Deep North

      legal definition of acquitted......acquitted – cleared, exculpated, freed of wrongdoing, let go, let off, not guilty, proved innocent, vindicated

      July 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      "A person who unintentionally causes the death of another person also may be charged with murder under the depraved-heart theory. Depraved-heart murder refers to a killing that results from gross negligence. For example, suppose that a man is practicing shooting his gun in his backyard, located in a suburban area. If the man accidentally shoots and kills someone, he can be charged with murder under the depraved-heart theory, if gross Negligence is proven." – http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Murder

      Even if the her pool story is true, I would still think it would fall under the theory above. By her knowing a pool in the backyard is deadly for a unsupervised toddler, i would think this would fall under gross neglect.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
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