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.

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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. nikkie

    Wheres your smile and laughing at now You got away with murdering your daughter and the judge knows it but you didn't get away with all your lies did you I hope that the death of your daughter and you killing her will haunt you for the rest of your life and maybe you will get to the point where you can't take the stress anymore and kill yourself before you bring another child into this world that you do not deserve You can't call yourself a mother you can only call yourself a lier and a baby killer And as far as your parents go I hope they have enough sense to not let you back into there home ......

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

      Use some periods woman!

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

      You have anger issues and need to concentrate on your own life not to mention spelling and grammar.

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

      Yeahhh Nikkie – encourage her to kill herself? Take a good hard look in mirror. You sicken me.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Flippy

      Unfortunately, in her mind she doesn't think she did anything wrong. She believes her own lies, she is a very sick individual. I hope she doesn't profit from this.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • D

      You forget so soon, if she has spent her entire life being apathetic and extremely self centered then why would she now or in the future have any kind of remorse or conscience? This woman just wants to be free and doesn't care about anyone but herself. Self serving she is. She will get out and pretend this never happened to her and she never had Caylee. She's the kind of woman that will bleed a man dry. Not to be trusted, ever.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Perhaps if you concentrated on spelling and grammar a little more, someone might actually take you seriously. Food for thought.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Joann

      Like 🙂

      July 7, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. jorge washinsen

    If we put everyone in prison that lied to try to save their skins, we would certainly have a full house. If it had been a case of lying and not murder does anyone really think it would have ever come to trial?It was not a superb defense, it was less than superb offense.

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

      Well had she not lied her tail off to investigators, they could have found the body much sooner and ruled out a homicide if in fact an accident like the defense alleged. She took a huge risk by hiding the truth from authorities and almost got the death penalty for it. Very, very stupid choice for someone who is innocent, right?

      July 7, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kevin Collins

    Don, unlike you and I of the general public, the judge and the attorneys and the jury are the ones who know all the details, thank you very much. Sorry, but catching those sensationalistic sounbites from the mainstream media in between innings of a ballgame doesn't make you an expert regarding this case.

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

    Why would Casey get time off her sentence for time served for other offenses like stealing from Amy and writing fraudulent checks.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Texas Mom

    All she has done since day one is lie. If the state was to do there job better then guess what she would be behind bars but instead most of the time he was sitting behind his table laughing.. If she was so called molested there is Statue of limitations and she can go after her dad a file chargers.. I don't thank that baby died in a pool I think she killed her so that she was not tied down any more.. I hope to god he never gives her a child for what when she gets wild hair she killes that one too.. Like it is said once you get away with murder you are bond to to it again and again!!!!

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

      boy its a good thing she dont live here in Texas!!! the Judge and Jury would have seen right through her!! and she would have been hung out to dry....she may think she really got away with it..but the Lord is her Final Judge and she will get whats comming to her then for sure. this case makes me sick!

      July 7, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. Concerned D

    This is very unfortunate that she has gotten off so easily, however she will be judged for this one day by the one who matters most, GOD, can you imagine how her life will be now, constantly looking over her shoulder? I think someone will kill her, or atleast try to, we will never know exactly what happened to that poor baby. Such a shame.

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

    Let her out! Geez. Tax dollars at work, y'know.

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

      Yeah, let her out and let her have some time with the general population in a dark room, see how that turns out for her.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. readytovomit

    why would anyone want to interview her? are we going to waste more time and money on a bunch more lies???

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

    well she just got away with murder.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. Robert

    Please people get over it. Most of you are thinking with your hearts. Those 12 people did what they were tasked to do. If they felt that the state did not prove their case so be it. I'am watching tv and most of the people protesting need to get a clue, they act as if they know the law.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. Selena

    Why didn't they at least try for child neglect? The woman had no idea where her child was for nearly a month!

    July 7, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Let's Hope

    Let's hope she's not viewed as interesting. She's "not guilty" so there's no reason for her to take the media tour when she "is innocent" and doesn't know what happened. Not to mention if she does, she can't be believed so what's the point in listening? If nothing else, I hope they slap her with the bill for the investigation so even if she does go on tour, she doesn't see a dime of it. The sad reality is there are far too many people out there who will want to latch onto her and be her "best friend" out of self-promotion and to rub elbows with the famous. She's still going to have a rough life where no one trusts her. She doesn't have access to the finances like OJ and once "Zanny" gets done suing her, she'll have a hard time affording lunch at McDonalds.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. Rot in hell CASEY!

    Does it matter anymore? She will rot in hell eventually!! Ha ha Casey!! I pray her sweet baby didn't die too tragically!

    July 7, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. Aardie

    Why wasn't she also charged with interference with human remains?

    July 7, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. Linda

    So she literally gets away with murder...Hopefully no news stations, talk shows, magazines will offer her a dime, if they do we the people should refue to by in them showing support for them would be like say Casey you poor misunderstood person...

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