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. Maddie

    What if, Juror Says, I'm tired, let's just go HOME.......................

    July 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Final Judgement

    It's not the judgment of the court system that counts, it's the judgment of God she should worry about.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. contessa

    I really can't believe how this case turned out to be. My she Rot. Some people may say that the people have been eaten up by all the media attention and that she might be innocent! But hell what i can't just get over is the fact that for 31 damn days she didn't even bother to report that that beautiful little girl has been missing, & just allow herself to bounce instead to partying... Etc So call me crazy but there's just something not adding up for her to just walk out free.!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hmm

      Not guilty....maybe, but innocent? No way that's possible. Baez said in his opening statement that she was there as George came up holding Caylee's lifeless body. What's unfortunate is she feels nothing towards the loss. She could walk from jail tomorrow and be playing with kids at Chuckie Cheese without giving a thought to her dead daughter beyond, "Damn I'm good. Got away with it."

      July 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bob

    no one knows if she really killed her child or not but in the court of law she was found not guilty. There are numerous persons in jail who have been wrongfully convicted and some have being put to death because of that.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. grey

    How do they figure time served? Casey gets 4 years minus credit for time served – 1043 days – she gets out next week. What about the other 400 plus days?

    July 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Nancy

    "Time off for good behavior" they said this was 5 days for each month of good behavior:

    1043 days served divided by 31 days = 33.645, so 34months x 5 days = 170 days off for good behavior (but continued lieing) SO:

    4 lies x 365 days in a year, equals 1460 days minus 1043 days credit minus 170 days off for "good" behavior = 247 days left to serve. I understood that she shouldn't be getting "gain time".

    so

    July 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Reeko Swavey

    If a student is suspected of cheating on his/her test- if not caught its the teachers fault he cheated??? That child loss her life and the mother is at fault!

    July 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Char

    Call Wm. Morris Agency in Miami 305-938-2000 and let them know that if they sign with Baez (and therefore money to Casey) you will boycott any show he is on as well as their sponsors and not buy books, magazines or watch movies that have anythiing to do with either of them. WE need to do this. I do not know how to do it, but surely someone here can start a BOYCOTT CASEY & BAEZ movement on the internet.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Irena

    I think if the media had covered this trial responsibly from day 1, there wouldn't be so much outrage at the verdict.

    Nancy Grace- Horrible. Riles everyone up on purpose. She doesn't speak for the victims, she speaks for the ratings.

    Vinnie Politan- Better, but not by much. Not a lot of experience in the courts. Has a lot going for him, but unbiased reporting isn't one if his attributes. Another voice for the ratings.

    Beth Karas- Pretty good got a former furry prosecutor. She explains the law well.

    Sonny Hostin- My favorite. She explains the law as it is, even if her view is unpopular. Very credible.

    Jean Casarez- Also very good.

    Mike Brooks- Not a lawyer, but a law enforcement analyst, so we can excuse his bias. The pet cemetary evidence went over his head, even though it explains the duct tape.

    Casey Jordan- Seems to usually get it wrong. Doesn't seem to have much legal experience if the views she expresses are any indication. Very condescending about the defense tactics, but now it appears she just doesn't have the experience to understand what it all meant.

    Mark Eiglarsh – Mocked the defense all the way through and now looks foolish. He couldn't understand the defense. If his trial analysis is any indication, I bet he's not a very fierce opponent.

    Linda Kenny Boden- expressed unpopular views, but she was right on the money. Also very credible.

    Ryan Smith- Pretty good, but when watching the prosecution in action, please stop saying "Wow! That was brilliant!"

    July 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Exactly all Right. especially on Nancy Grace. she doesn't take a step back and see what she is saying and thinking. if a person done 1 bad thing in their life then that person is Automatically Guilty no matter what happened. i don't remember going back in time to watch the Media Lynch-mob to attack anyone just so it improves their own rating. This wouldn't be so out of control if the media did their job by just staying out of it. partial guilt to those that allowed the cameras in the court room. its only Disgust in what we call the media.
      on a side note. i do feel sry for Casey Anthony and all the Jurors that are now in the spot light cause of the media. i just hope they can move on and have nothing bad happen to them in the future.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Char

    Casey is a sociopath (look it up) and her Mother an enabler. That relationship will never change and Casey will never feel bad for Caylee or anyone else. Sociopaths only care about themselves and are masterful lliars.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kitty2

      You are jumping to conclusions - none of you have any direct knowledge or involvement with this person– only what tripe is put out on such programs such as the Nancy Grace Show–great place to convict in the court of public opinion. How would you feel if you were Grace's target of disdain?

      July 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. cityslicker

    Okay, folks here's the scenario. Anthony marries OJ and they kill each other... LOL!!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dawn

    I think that the jurors names and all info about them should not be released. unless they give their permission to do so. I fear for these jurors that something would happen. The world is very upset with them. They should not release any info, if the juror does it themselves its on them. The judge should not be in this situation and have it fall on his lap later on. He feels that it should not be released and he should keep it this way.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ET

    I fear for the safety of the jurors in this case. I fear for the safety of Casey once released from Jail.
    Wait a couple of months and follow the reaction from the possible news that Casey is PG and is going to have another child. Will that cause an uproar or what?????

    July 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rich

    Hey does anyone know the size of her breast, they look juicy????

    July 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Autumn

    A jury of her peers found her not guilty of murder. This does not say that she is innocent of reacting badly, lying to police and misleading everyone around her. We are not to judge. She has been judged and found innocent..so be it. Just because we will never know what really happened to Caylee, does not mean we the public should continue to punish her. We all grieve in different ways. We have to trust our judicial system and move on..

    July 7, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not quite

      She was judged and found not guilty, but certainly not innocent. It has nothing to do with proving innocence. It only has to do with whether or not there was enough evidence to prove guilt.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carlo Tucci

      Why can't they at least bring her up on charges of child neglect? CHILD NEGLECT THAT CERTAINLY LEAD TO CAYLEE'S DEATH!

      July 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rita

      I with you Autumn....I think she made a terrible mistake and got scared. she had a felony record and panicked, and it just snowballed.....I feel badly for the entire family and I pray for enlightenment of all those hate mongers.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stan

      We can judge all we want! We just can't convict her. "Bella Vita'. She has it now or at least she thinks she does. 31 days of lies and partying. Difficult to explain away. She told Baez she was molested? More lies and no proof. Frankly making salacious comments anywhere, including a court of law should be open for civil action if they can't be proven.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • hapascsc5

      People are upset because of this... A mother in mourning calls a funeral home, she has to pick out things that her child loved and wanted , caskets, burial plots, and headstones . It will be the last gift you can give your child. IAccidents do happen. That's why we have 911, doctors,flashing lights for traffic, and hospitals. Caylee was treated like roadkill. Her casket was the same plastic bag I use for trash. Her burial plot was in the woods with animals, random trash, and swamp water. Her flowers were old bottles. She had to wait 31 days for her 911 call. One last thing. After a funeral you have a repass with the family so they can eat. Casey's repass was a hot body contest and jello shots! Who does that to a gift from God?

      July 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris2

      We already know this. I am venting, praying for Caylee.

      July 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
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