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. JENNY

    Jenniofer Ford of Clearwater Florida. That is the dimwitt jurors name. She sid she thinks Caylee drowned in the pool and both grandparents and Casee tried to cover it up. What a dimwitt. The pride of Clearwater Florida.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff O

      She didn't get "sick to her Stomach" because of the verdict, she got sick because of all the food her and her family ate at Disneyworld yesterday.. paid for by ABC, which in turn, got her exclusive interview.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • alexnden

      People shoul call ABC and let them know how distasteful their actions are. They now set a precedent for anyone who is a juror to vote for a controversial verdict just to get something for free. SHAME ON ABC.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Ash

      God will punish her for all that she has done to that baby girl.. She gets released next wednesday, I would be very surprised if the public doesnt take care of her.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. Derasa

    So is OK to dump a toddler in a swamp and nobody goes to jail?

    July 7, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Malakas

    It's time for a PROFESSIONAL JURY, considering the fact that the average American these days is so 'dumbed down' and mentally incapable of sorting through facts in a trial! This was a huge travesty in justice (or injustice, as the case may be).

    July 7, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Oscar

      I agree 100 percent. They should have either law students or layer be the jury. The average person does not know the law and sometimes, they just want to go home. I know a person who served as a juror and he had limited english skills.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Tessa

      As much as I do not like the verdict, unfortunately, in our country a person is innocent until proven guilty. Appears to me that perhaps the prosecution left to much room for reasonable doubt. I have been on a jury before and contrary to other remarks it is a JURY OF YOUR PEERS and should not be a professional jury that hears cases. Obviously the jury heard things that we were not privy to. I applaud them I am sure it was not an easy decision especially when a young child was involved.

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

      Quite so! There will be more such trials and more murderers will get off if the jury consists of morons, as this one clearly was. Some of these jurors were convicts, some "unable to judge others," some with limited English skills, but a common factor among them - all were DUMB and could not follow the evidence the prosecution painstaking presented. What a travesty of justice.

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

      Man, I take HUGE issue with your comment. A professional jury? Are you kidding me? That's exactly what our laws are trying to avoid. We already have professional politicians that are bought off by big money and professional lawyers who can get people off on just about any crime if you have the money. Do you REALLY want another means of buying innocence? A jury of our peers is just about the only thing left that is (theoretically) free from the influence of money, lets leave it that way.

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

      Why are you all blaming the jury they did their job the prosecution on the other hand didn't they figured they had a slam dunk and got lazy with the investigation left lots of things to speculation I totally believe she is guilty but the law is the law you need to have physical evidence not just your theories thats what makes this country great we have the right laws in place just not the right people upholding them you all want to blame someone blame law enforcement for not doing their job as thoroughly as possible

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

      Every single one of us has different opinion, I don't have to agree with yours or theirs, and you or they don't have to agree with mine. But we should respect to each of our opinion. Question is why our country need Jurors in court?.. Don't you think enough with prosecutors team, defense attorneys team, the judge team? The prosecutors must prove how and when the victim died. The judge who makes judgement. Now since there are Jurors in court, so it seems the jurors who make judgement, and the judge only approve the judgement by jurors. WE are as outside jurors, agreed or not agreed with the jurors inside the court. The one who don't agree with the jurors inside the court, you just made yourself angry person for nothing. After all our opinion is differed than each other.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. MATHnScienceisHard

    Math and Science is hard for some dim witted Amercians and this is what happens when they are put in a jury box and attempted to explain at a fifth grade level what happened. Geeze forgive me for paying attention in fifth grade on science and math. They let a person go who abused her own daughter to go out and sleep around. We know the family is not to much better with their life stories but they all lied together to be free. They will now make millions on their book and another OJ is free. Florida must be the new land of idiots and inbred hillbilly murderers.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • jackie

      and again. it doesnt take a smart person like YOU are to figure out the state had no case. how did caylee die....you tell me how? did she drown? was her neck broken, did she suffocate? how mr/mrs SMART PERSON. where is the evidence for that. the jury did by LAW WHAT THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO DO. get mad at the state for having no case. not at the jury for doing their job

      July 7, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. alexnden

    I heard that the jury was required to let her off because their instructions said if there was no cause of death, they had to vote not guilty. But every lawyer I heard on TV said that no cause of death was needed, only that she was dead.
    In any case, they should have at least convicted her of manslaughter. I thought the prosecution was strange to bring up in rebuttal that their concern was that common sense would not be used by the jury. Boy were they right! No wonder the jury didn't want to go before the media.
    Sometimes evil wins out. Sad.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • treedarlin

      No doubt. If they had cared anything for Caylee Marie they would have at least read through some of the evidence. They didn't look at anyting they just took the defenses side like it was truth. Ignorance is bliss they say.

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

    Just goes to show you that picking the jury is the most critical piece. The 2 jurors speaking up so far are simpletons that probably don't get out much.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Shut your pie hole

      Jackie, you're either 8 years old or you didn't finish school. Either way...stop posting.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Seriously

      Jackie, go jump off a bridge. You are by far the dumbest person on this blog.

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

      WHY are we here blaming to each other's posting. We all have different opinion, we don't have to agree to each other's opinion, but we should respect to each of our opinion instead of blaming to each other. I think here to give our opinion about Casey Anthony's case. Do you think Casey is guilty or not guilty?, do you agree not agree with jurors verdict? Do you agree or not agree the state asking Casey Anthony to repay? What IF, the jurors's verdict that Casey Anthony is guilty on all counts, will the state asking Casey Anthony to repay?

      July 7, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rudi

    The world is a strange place…if you wish to understand the real mechanism of it and how it operate please take a look at the chapter summary of the sensational book at www TheDimensionMachine dot com including the mechanism of time travel….

    July 7, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  8. Malakas

    This is a MISTRIAL, given the STUPIDITY of some jurors!!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. keith griffin

    Nancy Grace sucks!

    July 7, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Joanna Selmi

      You are so right ....she does suck. If I were Casey I would go on her show first LOL

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

    is this the first time she lets her hair loose during the trial?

    July 7, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • alexnden

      Once the proceedings are over, she bring out a pole and begin dancing and celebrating her beautiful life.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jaime

    I hope that the state of FL charges her all the money for the missing child investigation and violating Caylee's civil rights. I'm so sad that a child murderer will walk free. There is no justice for Caylee. Hopefully Caylee's Law is passed and the next psycho that kills their child is held somewhat accountable.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • alexnden

      I hope that too. If she makes money off of this, I hope she gets sued to the max by the state.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. charlotte

    She will mack it in the movies what a actor everybody convinced its all about her she was jealous

    July 7, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. so hot right now

    She looks good done up, maybe see her in a club soon.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • WOW

      you people are all nuts,, not guilty , it is what ut is!!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
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      July 7, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. Kate

    You meant Jennifer Ford. And yes she is an airheaded dimwit.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tracy

    The jurors would have been better off staying quiet. the one juror who came forward last night already seems stupid. I accept and actaully agree with the verdict but why put yourself out there to be judged and ridiculed . Stay quiet jurors.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
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