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. iwannaknow

    And the justice for Caylee is,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, your mom gets to walk!!!!!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Dont worry too much!

      God is Higher than any Judge, don't worry. He also knows everything that happened

      July 7, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • j

      Oh really she gets to walk ? Huh last I saw she was still in jail. Get over it unless you are personally going to do something about it SHUT THE chUCK up already will you and everyone else who is so fasinated by Casey instead of your own family's. Give your children a hug and kiss and tell them that you love them

      July 7, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. MayaNYC

    you have to love CNN journalism. Trying to read every facial expression.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. common sense? whats that?

    I'm not pro abortion, but if she is pregnant, I'm willing to make an exception

    July 7, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. Aggervated

    This case was the most disturbing one i have read/heard/watched.... why the he.ll didnt the prosecution go for child neglect?! Why just murder on the first degree?! if i was the prosecution i would have so many different counts lined up that it would make her defense team sweat.

    How can you party every night knowing that you killed your kid by murder/accidental drowning/whatever! And she wouldnt even have been brought up missing if Casey's mom didnt call 911... this could have been more than 31 day no report people and now we are about to let this sick woman back onto the streets.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. j

    What should happen is everyone who disagrees with the verdict should be Nancy graces best friend since everyone one of you believes the media and seems to know everything just like that thing Nancy Grace seems to think. Guess what everyone she was found not guilty and if your lives are so warped that you need this case to keep you going then I feel bad for your children which you are being neglected by you as you read this. Look at the big picture , why should Casey matter to you right now if she didn't matter to you before you " knew " who she was ? Get a life or go back to your own life. The more you talk about her the better everyone of you make her seem. GET OVER IT.

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

      You're exactly the reason these monsters walk free. Your indifference is frightening. A child was killed and justice wasn't served. If this doesn't disturb you then I think we should check your fridge for body parts while they increase your mental meds

      July 7, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • CRIME.


      July 7, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. Linda Combs

    The state of Florida has had their day in court and LOST. There is much, much more to this story than meets the eye. The public will never know all of the details, therefore are in NO position to second-guess the jury. They need to back off & get on with their own lives.

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

    My first reaction: it's not so terrible to kill, but lying to the authorities is a terrible crime. We can also see the same scenario in the cases of non-criminal persons, like baseball players, who had just lied to the authorities.

    But, killers can be on the loose...

    Where's the bug?!!!

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

    based on instructions they were given about cause of death they had no choice. The state overcharged the case for the evidence they had and did not count on a jury would be able to tell the difference. The prosecution did not go the extra mile in gathering the evidence if she was making chloroform there had to be a trail in paper or video, just like when they could show her buying beer but not toxic ingredients? And they can extract dna from skeletal remains in such bad condition but not from the trunk carpet and the car sits in the tow yard for 2 weeks they detect decomp and do nothing. I believe she is guilty and the prosecution is the one that gave her the get out of jail free card. I'm glad my tax dollars are being used wisely.

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

      Seriously? It really bugs me that there are people out there that think they know more than the authorities just because they read a couple of articles online or in the paper. Go ahead and believe what you will but everything possible that could be done was done within the confines of science and the law. It also concerns me how worked up people got about this verdict. Some people were CRYING! Crying? I'm just not feeling it. The bloodlust from people who aren't even remotely connected to the story. It's time for these people to turn the channel and re-focus.

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


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

    And justice for Caylee is,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, your mom gets to walk!!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. wimsy

    That judge really threw the book....er, pamphlet...at Casey. Since this is all about money (whereby the state of Florida bills Casey for the cost of trying her case), expect an appeal.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dougie T

    The judicial system let's another murderer go unpunished but wants to see that Willie Nelson serves time in jail for smoking pot. What the hell is going on!

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

    The 12 people on this jury are the MOST Stupid people on this planet. I can only hope that someone takes her life when she gets out of jail.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  14. jorge washinsen

    She has already served 3 years for a crime the jury would not convict her for. Jury said she was not guilty of murder on the evidence presented.Are we going to rehash our laws to suit a certain situation where the state has spent out the cazoo and received no conviction? We could blame tv trials for 3 years for some of this mess she was probalby guilty of.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  15. lloyd

    she should stay in jail as long as ojay did

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