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. NeNE

    First and foremost, Casey Anthony didn't wait 31 days to report her child missing....SHE NEVER REPORTED HER CHILD MISSING...her mother Cindy Anthony called the police to report that her granddaughter was missing and that her daughter (Casey) just told her that somebody took her little girl (Cayley). If it were up to Casey she would have continued to lie about Cayley being alive and about who had her but her mother wasn't having it. She might get released as early as NEXT Monday....UNBELIEVABLE!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • drbasic

      As you cut people down, is it ok if I then cut down your spelling of CAYLEE?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • TM

      EXACTLY!!!!! SHE WOULD STILL BE LYING IF HER MOTHER HAD NOT KEEP ON HER ABOUT WANTING TO SEE CAYLEE.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Liam

    if she was smart she would try in stay in there as long as possible...

    July 7, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sweater Question

      And re-enact lady gaga's Telephone music video?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      Is that some sort of childish threat? Can you people not leave her alone?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Marina

    change DOT org has a Caylee Law they are trying to get signatures for.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • legaleese

      The law of making it a crime for not reporting missing children is a good idea. BUT it is not a federal issue. It would have to be passed by each state just like Mehgans Law or registering child abusers.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. swelmelz

    I'm confused. She was sentenced to 400+ days in 2010 for the check fraud case. They gave her time served since she had been jail since 2008. So are they counting from the time she went to jail back in 2008 for this verdict? Can you double on on time served???

    July 7, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Yeah, they can run concurrently. Not sure why they would choose to do that though. It's a whole mathematical process that needs to be done and with good behavior, they came out with 6 days left to serve, I guess.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TheWatcher11

    I stand in awe. This morning, on CNN, all of the usual loony protesters were outside the courthouse, foaming at the mouth to exact their brand of KKK-style vigilante "justice". One sign read "Somewhere, a village is missing 12 idiots". Another of these encephalons cackled "Why didn't the judge speak up in court when they found her not guilty?". Well, madam, that would be because the judge cannot overrule the jury's findings. In that capacity, the judge is relegated to the role of referee. That's the way to know your legal system, madam!. Are you even a US Citizen? The only 12 idiots I saw were the ones standing outside the courthouse barking into the camera and trying to get their faces on television.

    Did anyone else notice when the cameras cut to the reporter outside the courthouse when the sentence was handed down this morning, and the reporter didn't know she was on the air, the "protesters" were milling about quietly, some laughing quietly and joking among themselves. The camera cut back to the studio, and when they went back to the reporter a few seconds later, and everyone knew she was on the air, the mad-cow women protesters were bellowing and mooing their hatred for the jury and judge, and for the woman who was found innocent. These protesters are either paid actors, or some of the most dangerous people in America.

    These people are purely wrong for criticizing the jury. The prosecution is at fault, not the jury. Given the slipshod evidence that was presented to it, the jury reached the correct verdict.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pelle

      Yup! You took the words outta my mouth!

      July 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • drbasic

      The people with the signs of such, show less mentality than they say the jurors have. Jurors used evidence or lack of rather than emotions. The protestors want the same thing....their 15 minutes of fame.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • democrat for life

      i agree with everything you said. this is our justice system and the prosecution was wrong. they over reached and didn't have any evidence against casey for 1st degree murder. the jury has to convict someone beyond a reasonable doubt or they can't convict. there was no cause of death, she could have drown, it could have been natural, it could have been an accident. there was no evidence that casey did anything to caylee. did her father do something? did her mother do something? did her brother do something? there was no confession, there was nothing. i think all of the talking heads should be ashamed of themselves. nancy go home and take care of your own family, and those people outside the courthouse should go home and take care of your children. shame on you.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Faye

    Between now and the 13th, there's still a chance of a freak storm that will hit the Orange County Jail, focusing on her cell only...

    July 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Zanny the Nanny

    We love you, Casey.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. varun

    I wanna open her a$$ Ch33ks wide and stick my tongue in her a$$h0le.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sweater Question

      Aren't you worried that she will ducktape you?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cecilia

    I hope someone beats the crap out of her and sends her to hell. And if I go to hell for saying that, then that's ok. Then I would be able to beat the crap out of her myself.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Oliver Kloseoff

    Free Casey Now!

    July 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dubs1

    GOOD. Justice has been served, and a hot "momma" will be released after serving UNJUSTIFIABLY for 3-4 years. She SHOULD be out partying like all of your adult children/adult friends/ adult acquaintances do at her age. Somebody killed Kaylee, but it wasn't Casey AS DETERMINED BY A JURY OF 12 PEERS. Unanimously! Come on, it is terrible, deplorable, and nothing short of EVIL that this young girl was killed/kidnapped, or not watched over well enough, but Casey didn't purposely kill her daughter, and such has been proven by our System Of Law. This is the United States, We hold Ourselves as Citizens to be accountable for our actions, and We DESPISE those who go outside the Law and commit Crimes against the overall sentiment of Justice. We have a great Justice system, and I, for one, will agree with the Jury of Peers, MY/YOUR peers, who delivered the verdict. Justice HAS been done. Rest in peace, young Kaylee. Our Father/Mother in Heaven welcomed you with open arms. You are at peace, and we have proven your mothers' innocence.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sweater Question

    Does her Tommy Hilfer sweater come in different colors? I am thinking of upgrading my fall wardrobe and I would like one in pastel blue.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. phan

    That's a hellava stint for killing your own kid. time served & til wednesday?... plus the millions she'll make once freed. our legal system is kind of a joke. little justice comes from the greatest legal system in the world. lol

    July 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. paul

    Heaven help here when she gets out--yes, she may get $$$, but don;t be at all surprised that something happens to her.........................

    July 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bobcat2u

    One day her conscience is going to kick in. I don't care who you are, at some point your past is going to catch up with you. It's a little called karma.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
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