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. ann

    Although I do not believe justice has been done for Caylee I do sincerely hope that Casey will learn and become a productive advocate for children there is always hope when there is life. It is the hardest thing for me to forgive but noone gets out of this alive and there is karma for our actions from the Universe look at prior evidence. OJ serving time Johnny Cochran dead Robert Kardashian dead Michael Jackson dead and I am sure more do not recall at this time.

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

    She may serve more than a month. I thought I heard the judge say that he would give her credit for time served, good time, etc., but would exclude the time she served for other offenses. Wasn't part of the time she served for another offense involving checks? Won't that time be deducted from time served?

    July 7, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Marshall

    I should have raised the kid if the want to kill her.....she is a women of no heart, there is a gods judgment waiting for her, I will see how she lives in near future.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. Johnny B Goode

    Baby Killer.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. CARBY

    Can ANYONE stop Casey from writing a BOOK and making money off of her MURDERING HER CHILD?????

    July 7, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. My two scents

    I'm guessing if they put her in general population, this will be the end of her.

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

    She is not guilty of first degree murder. The judge wants her to spend 4 years in jail for a misdemenor. Doesn't sound like justice to me. Sounds like the judge is trying to get some revenge.

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

      You've never been sentenced in a Florida courtroom obviously. That penalty's pretty standard for down here actually. Our prison system is one of the state's biggest industries.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. hope hughes

    I really think that she should stay in jail until everyone forgets about all of this stuff that has been going on .

    July 7, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. carolina girl

    After she is released, maybe society should punish her (since the judicial system failed to do so) by leaving her peices of duct tape with little heart shaped stickers on it, rancid pizza boxes, black trash bags, and winnie the pooh blankets at her door step or in her mail box at least once a day. That way she will know that the world has not forgotten little Caylee and we will make damn sure that she doesn't either!

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

      Ok, In the US, we are INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY – and she wasn't proven guilty! I do believe she is mentally sick – I am back and forth on wether or not she did it, but the Court has spoken. Casey needs counseling and time to mourn for Caylee. BUT....WE SHOULD NOT CONTINUE TO TRY HER-IT IS OVER!!! LET IT GO AND EVERYONE NEEDS TO LEAVE HER ALONE!!!!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. Elaine

    I clearly do not understand why people cannot just accept the jury's decision? There was no tangible or without a doubt iron-clad evidence that this was a murder. So as much as people want to rant and rave, it is what it is. She was found not guilty. Live with it.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. roxanne

    People r so mean! I cant wait tell they arrest her parents for the death of Caylee. N Then u can eat ur words. N why r u not showing the fans of Casey. N GIVE THEM A CHACE TO TALK..

    July 7, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. law abiding citizen

    Even though she got off with a slap on the hand and will probably be placed in witness protection, doesn't mean that this is the end. Citizens everywhere will recognize her. You can't hide forever... sooner or later we must all pay the price for our mistakes... I would NOT want to be this female........ You Casey Anthony have a long HARD road ahead of you.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
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  14. trellie

    The prosecution team and he public media focused too much on Casey not reporting her missing for 31 days and her lifelstyle. The did not focus on how did Caylee die and a "true motive."

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

    I just did a little math..and at the worst state you earn 1 good time day for every 10 at that my rough count is 219 days earned. Now I know nothing about gain time, But foyears at 85% is 219 days. So now can we just look at the "Gran Pa" he still is hiding his face...he knows more.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Nancy

      In Florida you earn 10 days gain time every calendar month, up to a maximum "discount" of 15% off of your sentence...but you don't earn gain time when you are in county jail. I think the author of this article is incorrect in saying they have to calculate in good behavior time – she can't have earned any. She should have about a year more to serve. Simple math. 4 years minus however many days she's already served. If the resulting number is more than 365, then she gets to go to the DOC, and she'll only have to serve 85% of that amount if she keeps her nose clean and earns her gain time.

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