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. Casey's New Lawyer

    All of you making those threats and insane accusations against this poor, loving, and INNOCENT, person, who was acquitted by her PEERS, please send your address so we can put you on trial for terroristic threats. We'll follow that up with a defamation of character trial to offset those fines my new client has to pay.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. joe

    she is able to do another operation again. Make sure have your children be away from her. I am sure you know what to do.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • dingleberriedpoopshaft

      Yes. She will do a p0rn0. One of those where she gets strangled with her own hair and fkd to death.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BillyBob2010

    To those of you who agree with the jury that there was no way to determine cause of death or when or how the child died. Please keep in mind that the reason the prosecutors didn't have this information to present is because Casey let her daughter rot in the swamp for 30+ days, therefore eliminating all that evidence. So it's not the prosecutions fault, it's the defendants. This jury is/was a joke. And now they're crying – good – they should be. They gave this woman the freedom from motherhood that she wanted. And I'm not sure they knew that at the same time they were going to allow her to become a millionaire in the process. They just didn't know what "beyond a reasonable doubt" is. They wanted "beyond all doubt" which is impossible. They should have used more "common sense". I think each juror shuld be required to have Casey babysit their children for a month or two. This will give them all a chance to relax after such stressful and tedious deliberations – only 11 hours and they didn't need to request to review ANY evidence or ask for transcripts, etc. ? I can only summarize by saying "WOW!"...

    July 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • da pookie

      You said it!

      July 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • BikerBabe 53

      BILLYBOB2010....Best thing I heard yet. Babysitting by Casey Anthony....maybe that will become her new job since no one will hire her. And, lets start with her babysitting Jose Baez's daughter.....

      July 7, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan in Albuquerque

    The majority of the public is acting emotionally because Casey is a liar and a party girl. Of course she knows what happened to Caylee, but that and the evidence presented does not add up to premeditated murder. I personally had decided the same as the jury several days before the acquital. The decision of the jury is respectful of the law, not a judgment that they personally like Casey. The same is true of today's decision...it followed the law, not emotion. If law becomes based on emotion, we're all doomed to total chaos. I certainly am disgusted by her actions, lies and concealment of what really happened, but we are a nation of laws and we cannot abandon that.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Brightside

      Well said

      July 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. marie barlow-west

    I just posted a blasting comment, but it didn't post. WHY??? Because it talks about the stupid jurors and baby killer Casey? Why don't the jurors take Casey to live with them and let her "baby sit " their children and grandchildren? Get a real taste of reality!!! You idiots love her so much, why don't you adopt her!!! I wish I could give George and Cindy a home in another state to start a new life, free of all the agony of Florida. The jury made it offical, Florida is no state for justice. I wish the outraged people of the United States would hunt Casey down like a rabid dog and do her in!@!

    July 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Brightside

      Why so angry?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mark shutt

    CaseyAnthonyForPresident2012 I am for that. Get off your high horse and your "higher power" This is the U.S.A she is found not to be guilty. so get over it. I will block CNN from my TV for all the bull they have been spouting out. Be a professional.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Brigitte

    I hope that the parents of the "supposedly father of Caylee", if he is in fact the father, sue her for unlawful death of Caylee. They lost their son and now their granddaughter.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. oren holderfioeld

    she need to be in jail for life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BARBARA

    I agree with everyone who said she is QUILTY. When Jose talked about her fathers penis in her mouth and going to school I think the only penis she had in her mouth was Jose'. And silly, lying Cindy needs to be prosecuted for purjery. When she saw her daughter today all she could say was "how cute she looks". I don't know how she got a jobe as somebody's manager. I think CINDY hid the body. George, RUN as fast as you can from Cindy. I think you should hook back up with your mistress.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Expertia

    Before the days of DNA, forensics, etc., juries relied on logic and common sense to analyze evidence and draw logical conclusions. This jury couldn't see the forest for the trees - they got completely confused by the complex, high-tech, questionable forensic evidence and ignored the obvious evidence of the lies, cover-up, computer searches, dead body smell, duct tape, hiding the body in the woods, etc.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ellen

    I wonder if George and Cindy have changed the locks on their doors yet.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. EILAIN

    Jose Biaz stated in a news interview that Caylee would not want her mother to be put to death or go the jail for "her murder" . Did you all catch that? What was it he said in opening auguments – that Caylee accidentally drowned in the family swimming pool, yet he states "her murder" in the interview with ABC? That is inconsistent with what they said throughout this trial. I believe Jose knows Caylee was murdered and that his client did it. This is a travesty of justice and Caylee will not get justice for her MURDER.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kayden

    shes pretty hot, id do her. its a shame shes insane (:

    July 7, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chris2

    Inappropriate, horrid that the defense team celebrated & Casey smiling. Wisdom, Common Sense, TRUTH, continue to rule in our world, and this mind-thought prevails when injustice occurs. There are times in Life when the people judge. This is THAT moment for myself. Even if Casey did not kill her daughter, her smiling response is odd, and unusual. It seems that a huge percentage of the public have given their verdict. Defense didn't figure out who was the murderer because of lack of evidence. Our justice system failed in solving the mystery, (who did) it, but we are forced to accept the jurors' decisions, the rulings of the court. We are at the height of high-tech for the moment, forensics, but not advanced enough to solve this murder. The scientists did their jobs, with the tools and evidence that was in front of them. But that doesn't mean the public needs to hold back opinion, freedom of speech. Casey was shown in photos smiling in a visibly delusional, state of joy. Whatever the cause of death, her happiness coupled with her newly announced surprise to a probable, possible, almost instant jail-release doesn't add up. Why was she surprised that she was NOT GUILTY? Gomer Pyle could have done a better job of hiding his feelings. Casey obviously lacks feelings of bereavement, whatever the cause of death. The Anthony Defense team was horrid, way-off, as far as mainstream human feelings go as they celebrated, forming group hugs, raised glasses, and toasted in a nearby restaurant. Inexcusable celebration reactions to what may be the mystery, the crime of he Century. Despite the verdict, the team should have left, and respected the loss of Caylee, like her grandparents did. My feelings of horror for precious Caylee will never cease. In closing, I feel the USA courts need to incorporate, provide more advanced, thorough, Psychological, Psychiatric assistance, Counsel, with cases. This should be mandatory. All of the time spent on the gas can was futile compared to what Mental Health Experts could have determined, explored, discovered. Discovery is "key" for learning and solving cases. Dr. Drew got it right. He stayed on topic with the latest information, and the facts. He analyzed, and looked closely at the psychological inventories of the people involved. Pinksy is a pioneer, an open-minded doctor who continues to explore human nature. He stayed on target. Pinsky knows how to get to the point quickly. Smart guy. I know because he has been my MD.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glen

      Chris2, next time you're facing the death penalty and you're aquitted I won't judge you for smiling. Prosecution did not answer basic questions about Caylee's death; questions like WHEN, WHERE, HOW, WHY or even WHO was present. The case should have been dismissed and never given to the jury. Open and Shut.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. molissa

    hello cnn. my thought on this is. miss anthony need jesus in her life and at ths point she does not. my the lord have mercy on her.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • dld322

      I couldn't agree more. I feel so badly for every single person involved in this from day 1. Where is God in all of this? In the end I suppose but not any time soon for the majority of those involved one way or another...

      July 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terri

      'could not agree with you more. She had 3 years to do some soul searching and obviously has rejected what could have been a new beginning for her. Sad!! I hope that somewhere along the way, she finds God and comes into a relationship with Jesus. I wouldn't want to walk the road she 's walking right now. All the $ in the world won't prepare her for what's to come if she doesn't find the forgiveness and peace of God thru Christ.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glen

      We should start worrying more about how harshly we are judging Casey – as we will be judged as we judge others. Considering we don't know when or where Caylee died. ... oh we also don't know how or why she died. Very strange to not know those things but claim to know who murdered her. Her own mother. Really? Are you people that sick? Did you see the pictures and videos? There is no history of abuse or neglect. Know this: God was and is in control. You will be judged as you judge others. May God have more mercy on you than you are showing to others.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
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