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. Jack

    I can't understand why all the talking heads are still trying to incite the public to violence. If everybody is convinced by the media that justice was completely missed by this jury you can safely bet some nut will take justice into his or her hands. I'll wager there would be no acceptance of any responsibilty by any of you. Why not concetrate on facts such as this was the decision of the jury. That they didn't say Casey was innocent. They said not guilty because that was the only option beside a decission that carried the death penalty. I watched every day all day and the evidence wasn't there without a lot of dought.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Justice For Caylee

    My American people.....it's over...going over and over about what could have, should have been will not change the verdict......BUT WE CAN CHANGE THE FUTURE........DO NOT HELP THESE SICK PEOPLE PROFIT FROM CAYLEE'S DEATH...WE CAN STILL ACHIEVE JUSTICE FOR CAYLEE!!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • chrissy

      Agree, but venting is good.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CEBO

    What was learned from this trial?
    Don't lie to law enforcement or you'll do time. But it's ok to kill your child if you plan it right?
    What's wrong with this picture? For all who read this, go to Change.org and sign Caylee's Law. You may help to save some innocent child like Caylee.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. MGF

    This woman did not report her baby missing for 31 days. 31 days. Whether she killed her or whether she knew that she had accidentally drowned, she didn't report her daughter for 31 days. During this time, what did she do? She had a great old time. Now, maybe the prosecution didn't make the connection to the jury, but there have been people who have been found guilty on less evidence. What kind of a Mother doesn't report her child's disappearance for 31 days, parties it up? Her lawyer states that she was a very good Mother. Really? So does that mean that we should believe when he says that he's positive she's innocent? What a joke. The jury member that was talking to ABC, said that not guilty didn't mean she was innocent. HUH??????? Was this the best they could do? We've been OJ'd again.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mom in Disbelief

      Don't forget that it's "only" 31 days because her mother decided not to let Casey get away with lies and excuses any longer and THAT'S when (and why) Casey finally told her that she'd been 'kidnapped by the nanny.' If you listen to the 9-1-1 call that Cindy made, she said either YOU (Casey) take me to get Caylee or I'll go to the POLICE and THEY can help me go get Caylee.

      THAT'S when Casey told the "truth" and let Cindy know she hadn't seen Caylee in 31 days. If Cindy hadn't backed her into a corner, there's no TELLING how long it would've been until the disappearance was reported ! !

      July 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John H

    I was just wondering if the prosecution is looking for new suspects? Like maybe Casey's father.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. colleen west

    So what if they just want us to think she is getting out on wensday. with the news all over this case, what if she really is getting out today and for her safety they are just telling every one she will get out on wensday. If u rember the woman that came out to give every one the info she had nothing in writing she just said that they new that the news and the people were all on pins an needles for the info on her date to go home. just food for thought.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rashada Lane

    I just don't understand why people are so angry! There was not enough evidence to convict! Our justice system did work. We cannot convict someone on how we feel! Let this family grieve in peace!

    July 7, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • April

      I second that Rashada Lane.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Justice For Caylee

    Even animals show more love for their young ones than Casey showed toward Caylee......REALLY...what parent never looks for their missing child? BECAUSE SHE MURDERED HER!

    July 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. lam

    Wonder if she's going to have more kids??

    July 7, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Donna

    With the likes of HLN's Nancy Grace and all the bleached blonde bimbos trashing Ms. Anthony for the last three years, what can we expect from the public? These folks have a lynch-mob mentality and it is wrong. In this country one is innocent until proven guilty. Attorney Baez did his best and it shows. As for the SNAKE, Ashton laughing and making fun of Baez, you NEED TO RETIRE! Again, with the mentality of Ashton, and some of the cable Media anchors is it a wonder the lynch mob is outside the courthouse? Read the FACTS folks, Casie Anthony did not murder her daughter.
    Yes, she lied as did her family, but that does not make this young person a murderer. Wake up America, Justice prevailed!! God Bless the Anthony family, and Thank God for attorneys like Baez and Mason.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • April

      Thank you Donna for saying what you said. This lynch mob mentality is really scary and makes me pause as a citizen of the US and as society. Group think is dangerous and others need to pause and consider the actions of their words and the impact on others. HLN has been cruicifying (sp) Casey daily. The evidence in no way proved she murdered her daughter and these people can't face reality, the jury has reached the verdict! Thank you for not participating in group think and using your "common sense" and looking at the evidence to come to your decision.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rhonda

    I'm mad as hell with the verdict & anyone who helps Casey profit from this sad sad story should be ashamed of themselves!!! All who are upset over this verdict need to pull together & not let her make a dime from her childs death!!

    July 7, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kevin

    When will Nancy Grace & Jane Valez STFU?

    July 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AntiObama

    She should be set free then..Allot of States gives you 1 for 1

    July 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. marsha

    Miss Casey is free,can someone tell me how long we should be paying for coverage for her parents,who help her get off scott free by lying for her.She killed that baby and they know it .Let them all live free without the states aid.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • April

      Hello Marsha,
      What is the evidence you have seen that proves murder? I have not seen anything. Everything I have heard is just theory and speculation. Where is the evidence?

      July 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rita

    BEING the FBI sought a kidnapping, will there be Federal charges against Casey?

    July 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
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