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. Jenna

    Why isn't HLN covering the other side of the protests? This is clearly a case of media making the story. Why were reporters surprised at the "dust-up" over the sentencing when they are there encouraging "justice for Caylee" protesters to become emotional and vocal! All HLN is doing is fueling the fire.

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

    i think she should of least been convicted of child abuse and neglect.....why would you go through all that trouble to hide the body and all those lies if she didnt harm caylee..makes no sense at all....

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

      I totally agree... she should be serving some time in jail for child neglect.. and abuse!

      July 7, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. erich2112x

    This sociopath was in full control of that trial from the start. The lawyers, the jurors, the media.......we were all in her back pocket. Sad fact.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. helpme40

    Runnaway bride got in more trouble...Richard Hatch served more time for not paying his taxes. All we care about is money in this country–vanity and greed define us, life is merely a cash register anymore.

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

    Ok so guess the courts can't do any math either. She gets 4 years but can get out in a month on time served. UH didnt this all happen just 3 years ago. Ding dong 4-3 = 1 last i checked.

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

    Wondering if the State could charge her with purgy or obstruction of justice still?

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

    What about the time Caylee was missing, and she was partying... and not careing for your child???
    For that she should of got a death sentence or years in jail ....what is wrong , is this not child neglect???
    Poor Caylee, RIP..

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


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  9. Tracy

    she will be out within 8 weeks – she can do that time standing on her head .

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

    I believe in Karma. She will get hers. Also, GOD has final judgement and thats for eternity.

    She is so happy to be free, but her daughters killer is still out there (if she really was innocent wouldnt you want to find the killer)

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


    Religion may be forgiving of the lies you have told, only you, your family and Caylee know the absolute truth and facts of this case. In a few months you will be able to walk out of prison and feel the light of freedom that our judicial system has given you. I beleive in time you will move on from this case and move on in your life but please always consider Caylee when your making your decisions, even though she is gone and you are now without her the memory of Caylee should be preserved within you.

    I hope life works out for you, this ordeal was picked up by the mass media, this ordeal is no different than hundreds of cases that turn out the same, the anger that people throw at you is wrong, they are speaking out of thier emotion rather than going by the judicial terms that were found in your favor. Stay Strong and replenish your life do not allow people to tear you down... Good Luck out there

    July 7, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jason

    I have seen this morning a lot of folks very upset with Ms. Anthony. I recommend to them rather than be mad at her. Place the anger where it should be placed (The Prosecution Team). There were so many loop holes in this case, the only proper sentence was the one habded down by judge Perry this morning. I have never seen a case where the investigation team is able to pick and choose what they send to the crime lab. Then while at the crime lab somebody who is supposed to be held to a higher standard for investigative purposes. Obviously does not wear gloves while examining the evidence. What a joke ! ! ! This whoe case was a rush job by the state of Florida to convict somebody of murder and it backfired on them. You can't rush a investigation ! ! ! ! ! !

    July 7, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. lewis

    out by the end of the month--surprise!-surprise!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  14. YouKidnme

    When a mostly black jury didn't convict O.J. Simpson (who was obviously guilty), because they said the State couldn't make the case it was because he was black and they were black. When a mostly white jury didn't convict Casey Anthony (who was obviously guilty) it was just purely because jurors didn't believe the State was able to make the case. When blacks vote for a black presidential candidate it's because they are black and he is black. When whites vote for a white presidential candidate it's because they believe he is the best person for the job. Double standard?

    July 7, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  15. sherri kelly

    why can't they charge her with illegal disposal of a body? or dumping a corpse? tampering with evidence? there has got to be something else they can charge her with!

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