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. Name*connie

    Yes we all know she's guilty as sin but the prosecution should have been doing their homework instead of laughing at the defense .Now who's laughing,Casey sure is.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kay

    Where is a sniper when we need him?

    July 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Robin

    Seriously she needs to change her name and move. I doubt this will go on very long if she doesn't.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Greenspam

    Come on, just release her already. Why put her through another 6 days of torture in jail? Her life will be endangered there. Let the poor girl go.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Damian

      ? I hope you are being sacrcastic

      July 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathy

      You are kidding right??? You really don't mean "let the POOR GIRLOUT!" right?? Poor girl. Seriously???

      July 7, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kim in Maine

      Really, release her? Alone, out the front door, with no protection! Then bind and gag her with duck tape....but don't forget the heart sticker!

      July 7, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Al Henderson Louisville, Ky

    Was Ms. Anthony under MIRANDA when she lied to investigators? If not can she legally be found guilty on lying ?

    July 7, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • debbie

      Her lies went to the investigation, not her guilt or innocence. She lied to the investigators – that's the crime. Nothing to do with her lies about whether or not she did anything. You have the right to not incriminate yourself.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. zoozie

    Such a fine example for our teens & young adults... Mine were taught to always tell the truth, but maybe it's better
    to lie than tell them you had a beer three hours ago.. resulting in towing the car & three tickets...

    July 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. walking tall

    Why not let her go today? She looked nice in her sweater and her hair looks done. She could be at the club tonight if she got out early enough to do some shopping.
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    July 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. R Michael Sheldon

    Here is a whopper of a thought! Casey is found to be liable for defamation against "Zanny", she is found to have to reimburse all of law enforcement for their "wasted" time and she simply files bankruptcy! This would wipe out all her monies owed to everyone except the IRS!

    July 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michael

    She needs to get a concealed weapons permit and hit the firing range... If I was her i'd be more than ready when someone tries to attack her, and they will try...

    July 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gfg

    victory! set the innocent free!!

    July 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Breezy

    It .....drives..........me crazy.......to.......listen......................to this................judge..............try to...............put........a..........sentence............................................................together. GET ON WITH IT.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Priya 86

      Totally agree, they could have done this trial in half the time if they had a judge who capable of speaking more than two words without having to take a deep breath.

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

    Hopefully, that's just enough time for someone to Dahmer her with a broomstick handle in a jailhouse bathroom.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DEBBIE

    I have noticed something that no one has mentioned anything about. During the Opening Statements, Baez said out of his own mouth that Caylee died on June 16th and they panicked and disposed of the body. If that is not child abuse I don't know what is. She sure cannot deny it since her own attorney said that is what she said happened. I know she said her dad helped, but he was not the one on trial, she was. Why didn't the jury catch that. They said the State did not prove their case but I feel Baez handed them Child Abuse on a Silver Platter. That is just my thought.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Brightside

      That's abuse of a corpse not child abuse.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • debbie

      It's not what Casey said, it's what her attorney said and then at trial there was no evidence that supported that notion either. No – it's not a confession and I'm pretty sure if it was the prosecution would have jumped all over it. Did you go to law school? Do you not think that all of the people involved have thought of this before? There is no smoking gun – get over, she's free to live her life. It happens.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ed

    I hope she doesn't have anymore kids. Please get your tubes tied!

    July 7, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Eric *

    She will be dead within a month

    July 7, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chrissie

      I hope you do realize that if that happens the Police will review all of these Blogs right? You may wanna think about what you say outloud.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Megan

      Good!

      July 7, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robin

      I agree.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mindy

      @Chrissy: Why would he need to rethink his comment? All he needs to do is a couple searches for how to make chloroform on his computer when nobody else is home, grab a couple trashes bags, a laundry bag, a few pieces of some rare duct tape only found in his home, & a cute heart sticker & should the job be accomplished well then we can just try him in Orlando w/a jury from Pinellas? He'll be out in no time.

      No need to rethink Eric....I've laid it out for you.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chrissie

      Wow you people are amazing. I guess I know what side you guys would have been on in the 40s and the 50s.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • CorpGreedSux

      lets hope so

      July 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chrissie

      I'm just saying be careful what you wish for the grave you dig may be your own

      July 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicole Rose

      If she is dead, let's hope she is tripled bag thrown in a swamp left to decompose for 6 months, oh and no one reports her missing for 31 day!

      July 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
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