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. daniel

    Did you hear that idiot juror 3s interview. She is a total moron. Dumber than a post.

    July 7, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Concerned

      Jury #3 openly admits that the jury think Casey Anthony 'is not innocent', which means there was enough evidence to convince them of her guilt. They should have delivered a guilty verdict and not worry about what the appropriate punishment would be because passing a sentence is not the jury's job. It is evident that the jury did NOT understand their job and responsibility. Being convinced of someone's guilt and delivering 'not guilty' verdict is the ultimate incompetency and great injustice to the society. There was enough evidence to convince even someone like me who opposes death penalty and is known to give too much benefit of daubt to others that Casey Anthony caused her daughter's death. There was reasonable doubt for a premeditated murder but no doubt for a death and cover up. It was all over the jail videos what other evidence was required besides a dead body of a child in a swamp and the admission that she was there when an accident happened?

      July 7, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • silvershado

      That's Florida. Besides, it's fairly easy to get a hung jury that, with pressure from the judge, turns into an innocent verdict. The recipe is getting opposites on a jury- like a feminist and a blue-collar guy.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Interesting that juror #3 is one of the few jurors that initially voted for manslaughter. It says something about the rest of the jury.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • michaelfury


      July 7, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Glen

      She said that they could not vote guilty when there is no evidence of a murder. That doesn't mean she's innocent but it's overwhelming doubt. She doesn't regret her vote, it was the only vote when there is no evidence of when, where, how, why or who was present. They did EXACTLY what they were supposed to do by the law. Not only did they not prove Casey was guilty of murder – they couldn't prove a murder even took place!! Thank God the people in Florida have enough sense to understand the law better than most posting here.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. daniel

    She actually seems to believe Caylee drowned in the pool. People from Clearwater Florida must be inbred idiots.

    July 7, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • meh

      My father is from Florida and i resemble that remark!

      July 7, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Herod Apyur Poupr

      That is very insulting calling the people of that community idiots.

      You owe every idiot on the planet an apology for comparing them to the people of Flori-DUH.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Milly

      Meh- You certainly do "resemble" that remark...I bet you meant to say "resent." Freudian slip.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'Milly – Meh- You certainly do "resemble" that remark...I bet you meant to say "resent." Freudian slip.'

      No, meh was being funny. They meant to say 'resemble'

      July 7, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. JENNY

    I saw the interview. The airhead is a 31 year old student. 31 years old ? She is a complete airhead. No wonder she is still in school at the age of 31. The perfect defense juror. A bublebutted emptyheaded fool.

    July 7, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Sandra

      There is nothing whatsoever wrong with that juror being a 31-year-old student. Good for her, and applause for being among the first to speak up. Being honest, she could have said anything, but I think her reaction was heartfelt and true. Finding Casey Anthony "not guilty" is NOT the same as finding Casey Anthony innocent. It merely means she could not, in their opinion, be found guilty based upon the evidence with which the jury was presented.

      I think Casey Anthony will suffer MORE as a "free" woman than if she had remained in prison for life, or had been put to death. This way, she is forced to come to terms with her crimes each and every day she wakes up, and there is a possibility that the combination of the defamation suit (brought by Zenaida Gonzolez Rodriguez) and the state's suit to recover some of the investigation costs subtracted from any proceeds Casey gains from book or movie deals, there will be nothing left over for her to "enjoy," except paying off attorney fees and fines. Good.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. liz

    Ware is the justice

    July 7, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Not Liz

      Probably wherever your spell check is

      July 7, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • BigBoie

      WHERE is the spelling

      July 7, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Shut your pie hole

      Thanks for the laugh, Liz.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dana

    I don't know if Casey is guilty or not. I do know that this country has the best leagal system and Nancy Grace and the media are totally belittling it with the comments they are making. The jurors did not get to hear all the comments and picking apart every little piece that the media did. They only heard what was presented to them. What ever happened to innocent until PROVEN guility. Nancy Grace should be working for the Italian govt instead of the US. Shame on her and her "stardom" she thinks she has

    July 7, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Heratio Nelson

      I couldn't agree more, the prosecution presented so little real evidence what did you expect the jury to do? We don't have witch hunts in this country any more, despite the sensationalized media frenzy Nancy Grace likes to whip up. If you want to live in a country where you are guilty until proven innocent there are plenty out there, like China. My forefathers didn't fight and die to live in a nation where innocent men and women are negligently put behind bars.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Concerned

      I don't watch Nancy Grace and never followed the case till trial week 5. Without any help from Nancy Grace and the prior media coverage, I'm convinced based on the evidence I heard and saw that Casey Anthony is guilty of causing her daughter's death. PERIOD! There wasn't enough evidence to show me that she was a mean mother and wanted to kill her daughter but nevertheless, her actions led for the little girl to die. The jury failed to deliver justice to Caylee and Casey. If Casey has served her dues, she would have gotten more support from the society not anger and fury that she's going to have to face when she gets out. Plus, she's going to end up paying for it financially for years to come. So, the justice system is far from being the best!

      July 7, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. Robin

    Her lying, cover up and story telling stills says nothing about what happend to Caylee. You will never convince me that if she accidentally drowned that she wouldn't have called 911. Her storytelling and lying was a result of abuse? because her daughter is missing?? yeah the jury did what they had to do I guess based on evidence.

    Casey could now come out and say that she killed her daughter and nothing could be done of it. How ironic would that be?

    July 7, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jessica

    What a miscarrige of justice. Today a baby killer will more than likely go free. People of FLA, watch your children.

    July 7, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. michaelfury

    When will this man be sentenced?


    July 7, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. Gary

    Everyone knows she didn't drown in the pool, she was murdered, that was a defense for the sake of creating reasonable doubt… could that have happened, did she die by chloroform, duck tape?? If they asked you would you be able to say how she was murdered, how and where the chloroform was made and adminstered? Believe me, I agree that she should go away for life and I believe she was a part of that child’s murder but even with all the testimony and analysis we heard, (and the jury of course herd much less), I still don’t know how the girl was killed. The state didn’t make their case and under the law I can understand how she was acquitted, as horrible a decision that was.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. Observer

    So someone who said "I cannot judge" was on the jury?

    July 7, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. G

    I think an appropriate sentence for Casey Anthony would be if she were ordered to be Jose Baez's live-in nanny.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Concerned

      Brilliant idea! I think she should also take care of the children of the jury members.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. John

    how could any one get a fair trail with cable news CNN Fox ect u people sound like idiots

    July 7, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. Katie

    Florida is not a good representation of America or of common sense, or intelligence for that matter..

    July 7, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Patricia

      Katie – that's really an ignorant statement. I'm from Florida and I am appalled, just as you, by the decision to not charge Casey for 1st degree murder. That statement leads me to believe that you are just as ignorant as the jurors and that it doesn't matter where you reside – ignorance is universal. Grow up and get a clue.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. Harpman

    There will be partying this weekend. Then she will sign a book and movie deal for millions.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. Chris

    Hopefully the dog stays off her back and doesn't bring any more unfortunate children into this world. Maybe Octomom is up for a night of clubbing.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
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