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. CJ

    Unfortunately there was not enough evidence to convict her of murdering her child. We all just have a feeling that there is something very wrong here when she reported her baby missing 31 days after... I do believe in karma... and for sure even if she walks free she won't have an easy and normal life. I know for sure that I will never work, serve, eat, life or breath the same air of this woman...

    July 7, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • H in Texas

      I agree, if I found out she was going to work at the same place I was, I would turn in my 2 weeks and be VERY clear as to why.

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

      I am sure she has a treat for Beaz when she gets out

      July 7, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • hundredthhummingbird

      Sounds like you have serious issues CJ. And may need a little supervision. And nobody cares about your Karmic delusions. Now get back to your Jerry Springer shows.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • CJ

      As a responsible care giver yes I do have serious issues regarding a parent reporting her child missing 31 days after... while parting in clubs and karma while it is said to bite you in the you know what.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. lloyd

    but who kills a 3year old

    July 7, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Justice for Caylee

      who kills anyone you d ouche

      July 7, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. B.C.

    Notice how her hair has changeed already. Looks like she's ready to start partying again. Just a side note–They should have at least made her get her tubes tied.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. Lewy

    By running the four 1-year sentences consecutively, Judge Belvin Perry spoke loudly as what he thinks about Casey - GUILTY.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Nancy

      The consecutive sentences are basically standard in Florida sentencing.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • tellyou1nce

      ... I agree... I thought all along that Judge Perry knew she was guilty... i think he wanted to see her 'swing' 🙂

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

      Who cares what the judge thinks. What the jury thinks is all that is important. And the jury has made its decision NOT GUILTY ! Casey will move to a civilized country like Sweden or France and marry a billiionaire, travel the world in thier yacht and raise thoroughbred horses as a hobby. Will publish best selling books and become an international icon.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • tellyou1nce

      in your 'wet' dreams .... hummer

      July 7, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lisa


    July 7, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • hundredthhummingbird

      Not feeling well ? Take 2 aspirin and stay glued to the TV for Casey updates. Watch her meteroic rise to fame and unbelievable wealth. Moves to France and becomes an international icon.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. C klatt

    I thought Casey was currently serving time for the check fraud. What about that tiime?

    July 7, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • guest47

      She was sentenced for check fraud in 2010, to time served. So technically, she's not currently serving time for that. BUT, the time served for check fraud should not be considered time served for the lying charges, so I agree...she should be looking at more than just a month or two!

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

    I can't WAIT for her to be released from prison....if she lasts in general population. Over/under of her lasting WITH a bodyguard is 6 months. Let's start the bids!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • hundredthhummingbird

      Casey will move to a civilized country like France and will be idolized and marry into extreme wealth and raise thoroughbred horses.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Alison

      Unfortunately, she won't even be in jail for 6 months since they're using time that she's already served in jail (over 3 years) towards her "balance".

      July 7, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Glenna Moss

      Won't last 1DAY w/a Bodyguard on the outside that's if she makes it thru today back in jail Ladies in the orange cnty jail put some nice red kiss stickers all over her cell walls show her how you care for when she gets back today. Kisses from Caylee to MOMMY DEAREST ! Ladies I am not suggesting making any trouble for yourselves she's not worth it.

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

    Go Casey Go. Justice has prevailed.
    Baez for President.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:04 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 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • tellyou1nce

      birds of a feather??? 'hummer'???

      July 7, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • WheresWaldo

      I believe casey did not kill caylee, however i believe she knows exactly what happened. too bad the state did NOT prove their case and the justice system does work, and it did in this case as well. if you cant prove beyond a reasonable doubt, you havent proven tour case!!! sorry

      July 7, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Glenna Moss

      Hummingass fly away u r a JERK What if it was your Grandaughter ?

      July 7, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Sigh

      Just a pathetic loser stirring the pot because they have nothing intelligent to contribute to the discussion. Don't insult thoroughbreds by associating them with yourself.

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

    I predict she will have a terrible end. Either shanked or killed after she gets out. Not to mention years of litigation and legal troubles. I think it's telling that even p*rn doesn't want to mess with her. She's a disease!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. TRhodes410

    she looks really really hot with that long dark hair.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  11. Sigh

    She's innocent so she knows nothing of value to help solve the murder so keep her out of the news. She cost the taxpayers a lot of money by lying so let her pay for the costs. Let Zanny and others sue her for defamation. She doesn't have money and will have a very hard time finding a job. I'm not convinced the general public will be as kind to her as people might believe. Where can she go where her past won't follow her and when others see how she's treated, will anyone want to be around her? I think she might look back and wish she were in prison with like minded individuals who might be easier on her.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • really?

      So just because she is going to suffer outside prison we should find that punishment enough that she killed someone?

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

      There will be tons of people who think she's innocent, and/or want to be a part of her fame. She will always have opportunities like getting a job (probably in professions that objectify women) and meeting new friends. While alot of people are outraged and think she got away with murder, there are still a strong minority that think otherwise. I'm sure plenty of men will flock to her to get a date with the notorious woman.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Alison

      It's a well known fact that prisoners don't take kindly to child abusers and people of that sort. IF she was going to be in jail for any length of time, she wouldn't last. But... she'll be out by September.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Sigh

      She was found "not guilty" and no one has the right to supercede that verdict. They clearly did not provide the evidence the jury felt was necessary to convict. It doesn't mean innocent. To claim she killed Caylee implies you have knowledge of fact the jury did not have. I feel she's guilty, but I'm not going to stop on her rights out of anger because we never know when we might be the next to be judged. Are you willing to die because the public "said so" if you're innocent? What we believe and what we know are two separate issues.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. gfg

    set her free! no evidence no conviction!!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. Casey hair down..

    Th court has spoken, get over it.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. Nanny

    So, now in Florida you can "double-dip"–she was sentenced in Jan 2010 on the check fraud charges to "time served," and now she was sentenced to 4 years for lying, minus time served, and since you never serve your full sentence she will be out in no time. She should only get 18months off of the 4 years because she already used the rest of the "time served" for the other charges. Still, no justice for Caylee.

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

      Florida inmates sentenced today have to, by law, serve 85% of their sentences.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tami

    SMILING???? She actually walks from the courtroomwith a SMIILE??? She should be weeping for the death of her little girl... not just now but for a long time to come!!! By her neglect, her daughter is dead. Whether or not she actually was the murderer or not.. the only time this low life cryed was for her OWN well being. Shame on the court system. They really failed this one. They should've thrown the book at her.

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

      She was smiling and laughing shortly after she heard the words "not guilty". And I said the same thing... Guilty or not, your child still died a horrible death and is no longer with you. How could you smile? She is a horrible human being.

      They should have thrown the book at her, yes, but they didn't have the evidence to do so unfortunately. Nobody will ever know what truly happened. Unless she comes out with an OJ-style book called "If I did it"...

      July 7, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
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