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. Vindication??

    In no way does this sentence bring justice to this case. While I agree with the jury's decision it's still sickening to know what she's getting away with. Just the time it took her to report her missing makes me sick. I hope somehow there are more charges and lawsuits brought against her and that one day, the truth will come out.

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

      Both sides picked that jury. It is over.

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

      Whether the truth comes out or not the FACTS were not presented in this case. Justice did prevail because the jurors based their decision on EVIDENCE and not the emotions of the people.

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

      Just how will you get the "justice" you feel is owed. The jury did their job. Let it go. If Casey was involved, she will have to face her maker someday. Perhaps He felt that it was for him to do. All this talk about killing Casey and hoping this and that is pure hate. That certainly isn't justice for Caylee. That's her mommy people are hating. No one saw her kill her. Stop playing God.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Vindication??

      Who's playing God? Who said anything about killing Casey? I certainly did not. I would have voted the same way as the jury based on the evidence. I am not arguing that. No matter what, there is only one person who knows the complete truth, besides God, of course.

      Justice will happen, like you said, when she meets her maker.

      Whatever your opinions on this case there is no denying it's sad and the way her death was treated was disgusting at best. Caylee deserves justice.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. jennifer m

    she showed no emotion didn't even apologize ,then a tiny smile.omg

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

    I doubt anyone would trade lives with her even though she was found innocent.

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

    She may get out very soon and where she lives and what she does is none of our business... it's time for people to get a life ...... i.e. Nancy Grace, Jane, and Vinnie

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

      I so agree.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. maria

    I don't understand why the jury didn't convict her of a lesser charge, even manslaughter! There was definitely child abuse and neglect involved!

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

      I agree with the child abuse and neglect, but if the jury said she abused her, then she killed her too. So they had to rule not guilty.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. Denise Krivitsky

    Shame on CNN..... why do you continue to incite riots with your bias coverage. The jury has spoken. How wrong of you to show a sign saying the jurors are "idiots"... It's time to pack up and go home. These protestors will no have an avenue to show their vile and venom.

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

      Also, how dare NG put out the jurors private information just because they didn't find her guilty....had they found her guilty NG would've commended them and found something POSITIVE to say instead of calling them idiots. Nancy Grace you are found GUILTY of being an over the drop dramatic, attention seeking, woman !! Shame on you for showing no class... u and your other dramatic co-workers

      July 7, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • mika

      ** over the top***

      July 7, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. K? See?

    Stop hatin! Just cause a girl likes to party you all gotta be up in HER BUSINESS? Ya Heard? For real yo. I'm totally with her.. if I was her, I be poppin out babies left AND right, oh yeah, I said RIGHT...and parading myself down Orange Ave ALL DAY! Gettin all frisky with the females, scissoring and what not...just to irritate all you playa haters! K? See?

    July 7, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • common sense? whats that?

      I hope you are joking and aren't really that dumb. I assume so.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Scorpio17

      If she parades herself out in public I am sure there will be few stones thrown at her. And that hatred in people's mind towards her is going to last a long long time she might wish that she got the death sentence

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

      geez, can you at least speak English!

      July 7, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • MichaelSD


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

      What the hell did you just type on here? From the looks of things, you are as stupid as she is!!!

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

      LMFAO... you must be ghetto!

      July 7, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kate

    maybe her staying in jail is a good thing, The people can calm down and maybe she can walk about without fear of for her life. Just saying

    July 7, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. Time Served

    Time Served, our court system have spoken. Who are we to judge this young lady? Karma always come back. Now is the time for this young lady to get on with her life.

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

      You are so right. Someone with common sense. These protesters actually have calculators with them? Really??? Come on...Why do people continue to try and find ways to convict her. Have they not listened. There was NO EVIDENCE..I don't know if she did it or not. but I will rely on my judicial system to get the job done. People are forgetting there were even grandmothers on this case. The very 1st vote was 10 to 2 not quilty.. People..it just wasn't there. Get a life.

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

    bottom line she was found not guilty all of us can believe and truly think she is guilty and that she should be fried to a crisp for her actions, but the bottom line is that the one person that does know the whole story will have to judge her when her day comes and based on that she will get the sentance that she deserves.

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

    I think justice has prevailed. As tragic as this is we have to remember we can't try a case on emotions we have to use the facts and quite frankly there were no facts. This goes to show that the prosecution built their case through the media rather than through evidence. I wish all parties to this a speedy recovery.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • common sense? whats that?

      is common sense not a factor in deciding a case?

      July 7, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • H in Texas

      Ok, so you think this is justice? She is going to walk free after doing the following (and this is not what really happened this is what she SAID happened):

      1. Her child drowns
      2. She doesn't call 911 she duct tapes her face up and stuffs her in a garbage bag
      3. She stuffs her child in a car trunk for six days
      4. She goes out partying, gets a tattoo and enters a hot body contest
      5. She dumps her child's rotting corpse in the wilderness
      6. She lies about nannies, boyfriends, jobs, etc. etc. for weeks to police while her kid gets eaten by wild animals

      So let's just say that she really did drown and that isn't just another lie just like the nanny/boyfriend/job thing. You think she deserves to walk around free? You think this is justice? Seriously?

      July 7, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  13. Betty Phillips

    Hey I just blogged, but, why did you not print it? I spoke only truth, so again, we must not report anything close to the truth. Shame on you..... Betty Phillips

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

    After she gets out of prison in August or September she'll go partying with her lady friends, get knocked up by a nice guy and then give birth to a beautiful baby that will ultimately suffer at her hands.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jason

    God damn where can I get a Casey Anthony get out of jail free card? She's going to pass go on her way out!

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