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. OrenthalJamesSimpson

    Justice for Casey!

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

      The prosecution could not prove their case. That is Justice

      July 7, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Amanda

      common sense! Scotland has Guilty, Not Guilty and unproven. Obviously if the USA did the same thing, she'd be behind bars for life. who doesn't report their child missing, who lies repeatedly, and smiles/laughs when they are in court for 1st degree murder of their own flesh and blood? the spawn of the devil.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Marie59

      ...The glove doesn't fit... Must acquit...

      July 7, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. Brenda

    High school drop out, partier, serial liar, unable to keep even part time employment, always trying to dump the child on the grandparents. This woman killed her daughter, without question, and is a loser. I hope she has a miserable existence the rest of her life.

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

      Let me make this clear. The Jury came back with NOT GUILTY. so how is she now all of a sudden guilty.

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

      Jason, obviously there were loops holes. any case has them. yes prosecution was a little weak, but the baby killer has a homicide detective as a father and plenty of assistance to cover every little thing. unfortunately a child is dead and it's obvious that you don't have children or have compassion for them. Caseys justice will come when someone hands it to her on a silver platter and hides her month old decomposed body

      July 7, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Marie59

      ".... High school drop out, partier, serial liar)... unable to keep even part time employment, always trying to dump the child on the grandparents...." ALL OF THIS DOES NOT MAKE HER A MURDERER.

      This woman killed her daughter, without question ON THE CONTRARY- MANY QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN LEFT UNANSWERED, and is a loser YOUR OPINION IS WHAT IT IS... THIS DOESN"T MAKE HER A MURDERER... I hope she has a miserable existence the rest of her life SHE WILL JOIN MANY WHO CURRENTLY LEAD A MISERABLE EXISTENCE–

      July 7, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. Alex

    The child was reported missing after a month!!!!! which, in my opinion, means that Casey waited for the body to rot for a long time and she didnt call the police, her mother did, and I believe it was Count 6 which says that she lied to police saying she spoke to Caylee on the phone when Caylee had already been dead. I am sorry but not reporting your child missing, not grieving, partying, calling for her boyfriend instead of the whereabouts of her toddler, getting a tattoo (and not even in memory of your kid) = Casey murdered her child! period!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. 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 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. sandra

    i just belive in what go around will come around and every body sit and wacth she will never has a normal or good life nomater how much money that she will make from the death of her daughter

    July 7, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. Donna

    Thank God for good defense attorneys like Baez, and Cheney Mason. I expect she will be released sometime in August. With the cable networks assassination pf Ms. Anthony, it is best she be released at a later date. To let her
    out amongst all the crazies out there, would be totally wrong. I feel Cheney Mason, and Jose Baez will help her in her life after leaving jail. This girl needs our prayers, she has been found NOT GUILTY and has served most of her time.
    I absolutely hate the Media that has the Mentality of the "Wild West" – we see that with the folks outside the courthouse.
    I will continue to pray for Casy, her attorneys and her family. The jury did well, and thank God they were blocked from the cable shows, like the bleached blonde bimbos that covered this case non stop for the last three years. They serve no good purpose. I say SHUT down some of these trashy cable channels. ENOUGH!

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

      well Donna when she has another child within the next 2 years from a drunkin high night of partying, and 2 yrs later, murders it.... make sure you throw your television out. but good news for you, you get to watch Dr. Murray's trial and the polygomist trial too! at least they didn't murder babies.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dave CDN

    You know, it's really interesting to see the difference as to how Canadian's handle a news story like this and American's handle it, especially from a journalist\ newscaster point of view.

    Canadian's are typically objective and respectful, keeping the coverage to a minimum, eg. Russell Williams.

    American's are typically over-do it, are OPINIONATED and YELL a lot. You guy's sound like a bloody lynch mob!

    I'm not saying the decision was right but all of these CNN reporters need to tone it down......A LOT!

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

      It is quite sad,isnt it? But, I would like to correct, not all americans........

      July 7, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave CDN

      It is quite sad,isnt it? But, I would like to correct, not all americans........"

      Point taken.......

      July 7, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. cjc

    I honestly believe our society is becoming a very sad place.We thrive on constant turmoil.Everyone sells out for the almighty $$$. A precious little girl is lost and we are now giving our ultimate attention to her mother.I will not be watching all the bs on HLN from this point on, your network is just adding to the problem, that our country is plagued with.Why??? because your ratings have increased and lined your pockets w/$$$

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

      I couldn't agree more.

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

    I highly doubt she'll even get a month in jail. they'll give that baby killer probation since they are calculating her "time served" and "good behavior". what a disgrace to Caylee, to the state of Florida and to the government. Casey's karma will come back & slap her in the face. and i agree with Nancy Grace, the devil is dancing. Karma and God will get this pityful, disgusting, woman. the smiles and smirks will be gone off her face for sure!

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

    This is a travasty of justice alright but not how all of you think. Weather or not she did this is not the issue anymore. She won in court of murder and the judge is now puishing her for winning. Think about that the next time the police come to your door. This says well even though you were found not guilty for the crime of beating us in court we are going to make you pay for the investigation we will make you pay for our time trying to put you on death row. That could cost millions and if you cant pay it well you will go to jail and we STILL won even though you beat us. Welcome to the police state of 1984. They gave her the max on each count something that is not normally done just to get back at her for defending herself in court and winning. Think about that and if it ever happends that you get chraged with something you didnt do I will say I told you so.

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

    I heard this morning on the radio that in Scotland there are 3 verdicts, guilty, not guilty and unproven. I'm thinking that we should look into this here in the good old USA. Jurors are now saying...unproven so they found her not guilty. It doesn't mean that they thought she didn't do it, just that it wasn't proven without reasonable doubt. Scotland's system is making more sense to me.

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

    Wasn't Casey in jail for the check fraud charges? Aren't these separate charges and she should serve more time for these charges

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

      The fact is she already served her time on those charges

      July 7, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. Rum Dumb

    Hopefully while in jail she will get the justice she deservers from her fellow inmates.

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

      There's gonna be some lick lick action for her in jail. She will enjoy it. Is like gay resort hotel.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. JG

    She's probably going to make money from her story. I say everyone should sue for all the costs related to the search for poor Caylee; her parents should get in tow for defamation. Even if she is stupid enough to ignore a judge's order to provide testimony in a civil trial and ends up being held contempt .. she shouldn't be allowed to escape the monetary hits. She may try to file for BK before she gets a book deal, but I magine if she volunatry does so, she cant' plead the fifth and will have to answer creditors questions. If we are lucky, she'll lie under oath, as she's apt to do, and get the wrath of a federal judge. In short, I hope this narcissistic sociapath never finds any peace and gets saddled monetarily so she never sees any money ....

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

    If Casey was initially sentenced to 412 days for check fraud, and was now sentenced 4 years for lying to police, how in the heck will she be able to get out before the end of summer??.....The math doesn't add up here..she should be locked up for at least another 1-1/2 years!! Even though I think she should never get out.....

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