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. OldDawg

    Hopefully people will not forget this tragedy and remember the horrible injustice done to Caylee over time. If there was ever an instance where Society needed to ostricize someone this would be that instance. Casey had hoped today would be the day and her hope was dashed on the rocks of justice.Albeit too far little, this is the only solace decent people have at this time.
    Those pureist who claim along with the jury of 12 idiots that proof was not shown have a long journey back to morality and common sense.Civilization is judged by it's laws and it's morality and ours has shown it's self lacking the needed reasonability to stand because of this case.

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

    my question is what is this woman going to do now? will she be back in the house where supposedly all those terrible thngs happened to her. I have a feeling she's going to have to move to another state along with her parents since they are the sole supporters of this girl. my heart and prayers go out to Caylee, she's in a better place.
    this girl is a version of O.J. Simpson, I don't think she will have a happy life. good luck to all of them.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mark Adkins

    Judge Belvin Perry did an exemplary job judging the case of Casey Anthony. Under Florida law he took the only appropriate action. The jury had a very tough case to decide, and they are to be commended for their sacrifice and service.

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

    Wasn't Casey in jail for check fraud? Isn't this separate and she should serve this time separately

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

      She's served 3 yrs so far,. but some of it was for check fraud, thats why the judge said he would have to calculate her time based on good behavior and prior sentencings.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. lacy

    If a book or movie is made based on all of this, I think that we, as disagreeing public. should not buy a single book or grace any theater showing the movie.

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

      Agree. There should be a facebook page called JUSTICE FOR CAYLEE.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Mom in Disbelief

      I wholeheartedly agree. I wouldn't soil my conscience by contributing to her profiting from this tragedy. I will never spend a dime nor a minute of my time giving Casey an opportunity to benefit from the death of her baby.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. Name*Sonya

    She looked like Elvira

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

    If all of the people that are standing in front of the courthouse are there for CAYLEE, why don’t they exert all of that time and energy to search for other missing children in the name of Caylee? Are they there for Caylee or are they there for themselves? There are only 24 hours in a day, so stop wasting them standing in front of the court house and start looking for other missing children!!!!

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

      There for themselves? Look again. They are there to express their outrage that a little girl was killed and thrown away and the killer gets off scott free. Just pathetic.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. B7C

    Okay so here is the thing, from everything I heard the jury did not want to see her get death from the evidence they heard from the prosecution...but why do they feel as if they had to sentence her to death. At a minimum Casey should have received life in prison....25 years but she should not be able to walk away a free person. She did it pointblank and am 100% convinced of it, I heard enough.

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

    CNN.......what a bunch of drama kings and queens. What happened to objective reporting? These people are like children. Trying to get people riled up. So glad I don't normally watch such slanted reporting. No wonder they are on CNN and not a "Newsworthy channel"

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

    accidental death my ass

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

    she was found innocent but could new charges of obstruction of justice be filed

    July 7, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  12. Joe Valecko

    America is too soft in dealing with criminals. She should be in prison for the bare minimum of child neglect. As for time served, that was for stealing checks and should NOT be considered in the sentence for lying to police.

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

    Every trial has standerds set by smart men years ago,these standerds are explained in whole to the jury and they are also allowed to question the judge For deeper insight into their instruction,can not blame the jury for being idiots or being niaeve over subjects not pretaining to the direct death of and direct involvement of outside partys,the prosecuting att.is realy the mess,going after man.1 with out a wepon ,no wittnes ,no real tangible evidence,that's why she walks,that's also why he brought in the smaller charges ,they can't get over the fact they (prosecuters)let her go not the jury ,if you only have enough money to buy a burger do you try to get the whole meal?that's were the mistake is!not the jurors they did exactly what they had to,g.e.d. Or graduate they did their job!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. Lisle

    Research on "good time": Each convicted person in Florida serves 85% of their sentence. ( source:dc.state.fl.us) 8.5 (months) X 4 (years) = 34 months she has served (aug 28 2008) 2 years 10 mos.9 days ( 34 mon 9 days)..for her safety they say they are going to calculate it..she will be out today ..if my math is correct..thats a big IF

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

    The Judge is only makig himself look bad, by trying to get her as much jail time as possible. I don't kow if she did it or not, But that doesn't change the fact that the prosicution couldn't make a viable case as to who caused her death. Unfortunatly LAW isn't about emotion, Its about FACTS, and the prosicution didn't have much. They have lost the case, and the judge needs to let it go, and let her go. Its done, They blew it, and its time for all of us who are living to get on with life.

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

      I disagree, give her as much time as possible. And also if I was the prosecutor, I would make sure that I would also charge her for the theft charges from earlier.

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

      What happened to the 15 months she was supposed to serve for her convition of fraud for the checks she wrote on her former friend? does that just go away, oh well? why are those 15 mo not able to be taken away from her time served? that would make her have to stay in jail longer?

      July 7, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Correct and Incorrect

      She was acquitted, of murder...however, she was found guilty of 4 counts of falsifying information. Crimes that come on the heals of another conviction of check fraud, so YES she should receive maximum penalty allowed by court system since has a prior conviction. Plus, if you lived here, you wouldn't want her out roaming the streets either...for her safety or anyone else's. Rest assured though, she will pull an OJ and be back in jail for something else in no time. The judge did her a favor by keeping her out of trouble for a little bit longer.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Danny

      Its not that the prosecution couldn't prove who did they couldn't prove how she did it theres a big differents.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Kurt

      I have no problem with this Judge's decision, this was not about lying about taking a candy bar, or lying about whether you had been drinking, she was lying about the death and location of a supposedly missing child. Any person who is convicted of this will probably face the maximum jail time. OJ Simpson's Nevada judge is the one who needed to let it go, she threw him in jail for years for "kidnapping" because he moved someone a couple of feet.... that was wrong, and that judge couldnt seperate her job on that day from what happened in the past.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • debbie

      Thankfully our legal system does not allow someone to be sentenced for something they have not been found guilty of in a court of law – such as the theft 'charges'. And the absolute most time he can give her is 4 years and she's almost served 3 of those already. Anyone else would be out on good behaviour in less than a year – i.e. Lindsay Lohen for a good example. Doesn't matter the crime – it's the sentencing time we're talking about so don't jump all over the fact that they are different crimes. Chase is right – just be done with it.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Mom in Disbelief

      Casey was convicted of lying to police, which she did–in spades. When the police were trying to help her find her "missing" daughter, she was lying to them–actually KEEPING them from being able to effectively locate her missing 2-year-old. No matter what anyone thinks as to her guilt or innocence in the death of Caylee, she is a mother who actively tried to PREVENT the police from finding her baby. She is guilty of THAT which, by its very nature, is so obscene that the judge felt justice would best be served by giving her the maximum sentence for those offenses.

      Remember: She even told the police she personally spoke to Caylee when she knew that poor, sweet little girl was already dead and tossed like garbage into a swamp.....

      July 7, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |

      she is being charged for lying to police who could have saved her daughter or led them to where she threw her out so they could determine the cause of death in time. Because she withheld the investigation there was NO DNA. With no DNA you almost need a recording of her actually doing the killing for a conviction. Her neglect lead to the death of her daughter she is lucky I wasn't on the jury. I would not have been in such a hurry to get home. This is child abuse leading to the death of a child. She cost the state of Florida tons of money and man hours because of her lying.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
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