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. Harry

    Well, looks like she is getting credit for time served...

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

    No one is interested in what the general public has to say, ignorant and definately a waste of my time

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

      A waste of time for a guy who hasn't got the sense to capitalize his own name?

      You are part of the problem, moron.

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

      Apparently taking the time to comment about how "no one" cares about something isn't a waste of your time though?

      July 7, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cheryl

    Today the judge indicated court costs and also investigation costs could be imposed on casey as well as $4,000 on the 4 counts...if she files for insolvency how does this effect this in August when they reconvene to discuss this as well as if she does get money after the fact?

    July 7, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. Donna Butler

    That was not far she got the money she know she was geting out for free for killing her child now she is free. Now a movie about this and she will make money.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. ohio

    when she gets out, shes moving to ohio, she has lying family their

    July 7, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. jason

    She was all thinking she was going home today. Wrong! Lol. The longer she stays in jail after this, the less money she will make, as public attention will die down. Even making tons off of it, she is going to always be publicly scorned. It's like walking aroud with "MURDERER" written on your forehead.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. jaybone

    Blow up CNN!! Lets start a war on Media!!

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

      Blow yourself up, fool.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. k

    She will be out by the end of the day. While it's not proof I have seen a mothers reaction to an accidental death of a child...overwhelming guilt, gut wrenching dispair, life long regret...and they were innocent.

    This case would be the exact opposite of that.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. iwannaknow

    That will give her four years to think about what she did! I'm glad she was sentenced to four years for lying, but there is no justice for little Calylee!

    July 7, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • I Heart Casey

      Um, pay attention.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Name*Jenni

      She will not serve more than 1 year that murderer because her jail time and "good behavior" while waiting trial counts for time serve. That's the system.

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

    I thought Judge Perry was tough. He gives that guy 6 days in jail for giving the "finger" which I agree he was correct. But his offense is no where near what this murderer did and she gets 1 year....probably will be released late July/early August. Go figure. Even to the end she wins.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. I Heart Casey


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

      ummm... r u sick or something? u deff need a mental evaluation done asap!! CRAZYY!

      July 7, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • sillybear

      Yes, and let her move in with you and your children (if you have any!)

      July 7, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • common sense? whats that?

      Free your bowels. That comment was full of s#!t

      July 7, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. Angry

    Why didn't those jurors that felt she was guilty stand their ground and not cave? Hung jury means the case is heard all over again right?

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

      Yes! I really wish it was a hung jury. 🙁 I cannot believe she got away with murder! WOW! Beside myself to say the least.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. Clarol

    If Lisabeth Fryer has children, and seeing where Casey Anthony will need a job, will she hire her as a babysitter? I can't believe they tried to minimize what she was found guilty on!

    July 7, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. Harley4444

    Another murderer goes free... As in OJ, how about a wrongful death civil suit that may prevent her from making any money from her crime. Brought perhaps by the rest of the Anthony family, similar to the case brought by Ron Goldman, a wrongful death suit could prevent the bad seed from profit as well as compensate the Anthony family for the deprivation of a life with their grand daughter.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • I Heart Casey

      Uh, is she supposed to file the civil suit against herself? lol

      July 7, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Harley4444

      I guess you're not much of a reader...

      July 7, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  15. Exposo

    Clearly they should appeal this. There's no way she should have gotten the maximim sentence considering that she had no criminal record.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Rarra

      LOL, Good one

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