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. valerie

    the houston mom should've hired casey anthony to kill her kids

    July 7, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. goo6er

    I'm starting an office pool. Winner is whoever guesses the number of months until Casey Anthony is pregnant.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • sillybear

      That is an especially sickening thought.....but I'm sure it will happen. If for no other reason than to torture her parents!

      July 7, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • SR

      She should have to be sterilized before going back into society.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Just like the juice

      Or dead

      July 7, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Joann

      omg.. she needs to tie her tubes or even better burn them. She does not even need to be thinking about having more children.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Glenna Moss

      Does anyone REALLY think GOD would BLESS Casey with ANYTHING BUT HELL !! Better put ur hair back in that bun Casey It will be the 1st thing to start your BURNING IN HELL !! GOD must have needed another ANGEL in HEAVEN and HE CHOSE PRECIOUS CAYLEE. REST IN PEACE YOU BEAUTIFUL ANGEL.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Purrfxtion

    Why were the parents there today? Thought they were going to take their devil child home with them? I think the parents agreed to Mr. Baez throwing them under the bus so their daughter would go free. Absolutely disgusting family. That's ok. No matter how much Casey tries to get her life back, this will never be forgotten and she will lead a miserable life. So sad.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • fran glass

      are you kidding? she's going to make a fortune off of this.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Murtle

      Sore losers!

      July 7, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. John

    CNN can you find some more idiots to interview

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


    July 7, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • bstnh1

      Hey Sherlock, have you not seen the reports that say this type of reaction to a traumatic event is considered normal? Do some research before you flap your gums and put your ignorance on display for the whole world to laugh at.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Joann

      And I keep thinking the same thing! Any why did the grandmother take so long to call the police. I mean if you were a grandparent, would you wait a whole month to report the baby missing? Clearly she knew her daughter was up to no good. As a parent I would have reported my kid missing the same day! and I know my mom would have done the same.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  6. Shocked DC

    As soon as she walks out of jail, she'll be a new best friend for Bristol Palin.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Today

      and write Biography AT AGE OF 25...

      July 7, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • angeleyes

      How can you possiably bring Brisol Palin into this? She is raising her own child thank you very much. I cannot beleive the stupidity of your remark.

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

    can they now investigate her for covering up the supposed drowning?

    July 7, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. Tamm

    So why did she not search for the baby herself? Didn't care? What happened?

    July 7, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. Today


    July 7, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. Really?

    Debra goldatein- I have to say I agree with you.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. Lynn

    HLN, you are not making yourself look very good by interviewing what would appear to be "pure idiots" outside the court house. Come on.. at least get someone that isn't a moron for your interviews.......

    July 7, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. Private

    I think its wrong everyone knows she murdered her daughter she should be sentenced to prision

    July 7, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. Nancy's Lover

    She looks as if she's been playing lickety split with other female inmates. I wonder if she is now gay.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. readytovomit

    This is just redic! She should atleast have to serve a new 4 years for the bullsh1t misdemeanor charges since the jury can't recognize a murderer right in front of them! I wish they would shut their mouths about the verdict. They were sick to their stomachs?? Yeaaa okay ...

    July 7, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. Party

    I'm ready to go down there and make her day. I bet after 3 years she's looking to give a little head!

    July 7, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
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