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. Sylvia

    When the judge got the verdict from the jury, you could see his disbelief as he read and re-read it before handing it to the clerk to read. I am sure he must be crying at this miscarriage of justice. I am glad the judge has given this witch the maximum sentence for lying to the police to hinder the investigation. I hope he will also make her pay ALL the state's expenses to defend this worthless POS, pay for all the "searches" made for Caylee, fined for defamation of character of the real Zenaida. I cannto believe this trashy woman is free and won the lotto!

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

      I doubt it will be the lotto. It didn't work out for OJ and I doubt she's going to enjoy freedom either. Think about how your community would treat her and with the publicity, where can she really go and not be recognized then treated like trash? Throw in lawsuits and never knowing if someone was about to attack you. Doesn't sound like the lottery.

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

      The truth is she would take 4 years in jail, 1 million in fines, knocking door to door in orlando to apoligize – she would take all that easily over 25 years or the needle

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

      You too the words, right out of my mouth!

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

      Unfortunately the Jury did the job properly. There was too much doubt and no direct evidence to link her to the crime. The only evidence they had is a crime was committed by someone.

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

      4 years for killing her baby. wow. justice was not served. this woman got away with murder. i hope someone does to her what she did to her baby.

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

      I agree. I think the judge could not believe the non-guilty verdicts (one THREE counts) and that is why he gave her the max he could–4 yrs. OMG I can't believe this hag is going to walk free aftering CLEARLY knowing what happened to that little girl.

      She was convicted of lying–but what did she lie about? She lied about her daughter to HOMICIDE detectives. Justice sucked this time around.

      Caylee died as a result of neglect from her own mother, the person who was supposed to be watching her, responsible for her. That in and of itself meets the definition of manslaughter. No matter how you slice it.

      I just cannot at all comprehend how they didn't convicit her of at LEAST manslaughter.

      The good thing is that KARMA doesn't need a jury of 12 when she comes back hard and fast and when you least expect her.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Danny L. Shaw II

    How come no one is talking civil suit?!?! At least make her liable for the death/disappearance so she can never profit off of any book/movie deals. She'll HAVE to make some book/movie deals to pay of the liability judgement. Did everyone forget OJ?

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

      The Father should step up and file a civil suit or even the paternal grandparents. However my thought is she probably has no idea who the father is...

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

      Because no one can claim to be damaged directly by Casey's actions. OJ was different- he was sued in civil court by his ex-wife's family. I doubt Casey's family will sue her.

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

      Because there is no one to sue her for civil. Civil is not something the government does, it's a person that was wronged. That's why when OJ was found innocent, the families filed the civil suit, not the government.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. ketchupisfun

    I don't know about you, but I'll still hit it

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

      That only shows how disgusting of a person you are. She is a worthless piece of crap and I don't see how ANY MAN OR WOMAN would want to be apart of that losers life.

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

      Ha ha!

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


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

      I agree.... DO NOT watch anything (movies, media, etc.) or DO NOT BUY BOOKS, MAGAZINES, ETC......!!!!!!!!!! I am so OUTRAGED, what the heck, was the jury BLIND, DEAF??????????????????????????????????

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

      should we also boycott headline news network and nancy grace, for the millions they made in ads during this trial?? hey did you see there reporter trying to incite a riot outside the courtroom after sentencing?

      July 7, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. Michael

    Wow, I have to agree with many of the ladies here guys. You really have to be hard up to find Casey Anthony hot. Ha. Crazy eyes doesn't do it for me.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. Nunajer Bidnis

    Any number of lies told in one interview session should amount to only one count of lying to the police. Further, lying to the police ought not be a crime–people lie. The police are allowed to lie to us during their interviews, thus it ought not be a crime for us to lie to them.

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

      Don't agree. Each subject area she lied about makes it "a different lie". Lying about her whereabouts and lying about the babysitter and 2 separate lies.

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


      I understand your point...however the charge isn't 'telling a lie' to the police; it's 'lying to the police'...lying (as in, 'you're lying to me') covers single or multiple lies, it refers to the dishonesty of telling a false story to intentionally mislead the cops. That action of misleading of telling a false story amounts to the charge of 'lying to the police'.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. N. Tumolo

    If the media would back off she would not have all this attention. The media in the U.S. is sometimes way out of line. Yes I thought she was guilty but lets move on. There are more important things going on in the world that needs attention, let forcus on it. She will have to answer to a higher power so lets get on with what else is going on in the world. All those protesters should put their energy into something a little more important!! HLN newcast has some big mouth people on there and also should put their energy into something more important. The mental health in this world could use some help. Maybe if Casey had some help years ago, this would not have happened.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. Lynn

    If no one buys the book or pays to see a movie & does not watch shows that pay her to come on the nonsense will stop no one will get rich & she will get the cold shoulder from the public the public will decide by their actions if she gets rich only in American can this injustice for caylie Marie happen.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. lloyd

    f@#k asey

    July 7, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. Raven

    I think child neglect should have been apart in this case somewhere. when someone ask you where your child is thats a clue...hello.But as some of you had said GOD will judge her. and another is she'll be in the nutt house before long cause her daughter's memory will eat at her and she'll think everyone is out to get her.

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

      I agree she will be in a nut house or murdered, but I don't believe Caylee will ever be in her memory because she doesn't appear to have a conscience. Ir her mind it is all about Casey and how the world should revolve around her.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. Nan

    Anthony already received 412 days time served for check fraud. The judge withheld judication on seven of the counts. Why should she receive time served for these new convictions using the same time that she was already given–I think she should only receive time served for these convictions that are beyond the previous time served.

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

    31 days of caylee not reported.....child neglect. she should be charged for that as well. what's sad is that she is going to be wealthier than most of us when she is out. no one will hire her but she'll probably write a book, do interviews, ect. ridiculous that THIS is going to happen. I hope she never has another child again. I understand there wasn't 100% evidence that she did it...but who else did? Everyone know she did it. She did just get away with murder, and now that she wasn't found guilty she could now say she did it after this is over and STILL they can't do anything about it. C|_|nT!

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

    I confess, I killled the dinosaurs. Sorry it took a million years to report this to the police!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. Not sure

    I'm not sure I'd want to be released. I can't imagine spending the rest of my life dealing with the treatment she'll probably receive from society and wondering who might be out to get her. Just doesn't seem like much of a life, or like it's really any better than prison.

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

      writing a book, doing interviews...shes set...

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


    July 7, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • N. Tumolo

      I agree Peggy. The media is making way too much of this. Lets move on. There are thousands of children in this world that need our attention so lets move on and focus on them.

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

      We really don't know who was the problem in this family. If you think about it – if the parents were as close as they said they were, why didn't they notify the police. The police could have done a check to be sure the child was ok and found out sooner she was missing. This case is actually minor to the case in Ohio where the boy was abused and made to live in a dog cage and died from the treatment he received.

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