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. EV922

    I can not imagine my daughter drowning and me trying to make it seem like she was murdered. This country and legal teams really know how to get criminals out and about. Its only a matter of time before she gets what she deserves. She should be sentenced death just like she sentenced death to her child. No sympothy for that 'B'. God will have his Justice with her one day. She will never be happy that is a sure thing. Who does that and goes partying? Stupid justice system another OJ senario. Great!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Pegasus

    Who cares what Nancy Grace thinks about anything. She has been trying for 3 years to convict Casey without a trial.

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

      Nancy Grace is an idiot, I can't imagine anyone still watching that stupid (b)iatch!

      July 7, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer H

      Casey Anthony is a murderer

      July 7, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      She is not the only media personality who has been trying this case based on speculation and no actual evidence. Remember the police and prosecution can not legally disclose evidence until the trial. So everything they have been saying on Nancy Grace is based on hearsay and not actual evidence. Nancy Grace and other lawyers and Psychiatrists one her show are mostly out of the box thinking people which allows them to speculate on a wild imagination and not focus on what is real evidence. The prosecution proceeded on with this case because of media pressure and believed they had enough to stick.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Innocent

      and your assumption is based on what exactly?... As I thought... personal speculation and what the media has trained your mind to think!

      July 7, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Irena

    OF COURSE she was sentenced to consecutive time. It was so predictable. How could most of the legal commentators have predicted otherwise? As usual, Sonny Hostin was one of the few commentators to get it right.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. skepticdeafguy

    I have to admit I do see black folks behaved differently between OJ Simpson, Michael Jackson and Casey Anthony not guilty on murder or abuse (molesting) etc. I recalled black folks celebrate two black celebrity men when they are found not guilty but black folks got angry against Casey Anthony. Is it a racial thing? Is non-black folks blinded by the society that they are not racist? Should this be brought up as new discourse on reversal discrimination evidence in this American' society?

    July 7, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • aliG

      This comment reads much better if you read it with Ali G's voice

      July 7, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • kathy

      What does Michael Jackson have to do with the Casey Anthony case or the OJ case?
      Michael Jackson DIDN'T kill anyone.
      HE was ONE killed..... by ,the media; the greedy people ;surrounding him and Conrad Murray.
      The ONLY thing Michael was guilty of was being too trusting and letting trash into his home.

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

      Like REALLY? Are you serious. You are sounding very racist for coming up with a theory like that!!!!! I happen to be African American with two young kids and if one of my kids are missing for an hour I'm immediately calling law officials. The world is reacting to this case, and partying would not even be on my mind. She was guilty from day one when she waited 31 days to report her 2 year old missing, when she lied to officials about her whereabouts!!!!! In my book if you lie you are likely to steal, cheat, and kill. She stole her daughters life, cheated her from what God gave her which was a touch of breath and killed her!!!! And evidence well she had nearly 6 months to hide it just like they gave her three years to sit in jail and come up with bogus stories. She wouldn't take the stand because she would have been broken down by prosecuters and gave her self away. So color has nothing to do with this cause I was against the OJ and Jackson case as well as this one. And Karma is a B look where OJ is at today? Now go run tell dat.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • B7C

      When you say black folks you are painting everyone black with a broad brush stroke. I am black and I know many black people who knew OJ was guilty and were angry at the verdict. However those people were not focused on at all because they did not fit the profile of the jubilant black person. Let me ask you this though since you brought up race, do you for one second believe the Casey Anthony case would be as huge as it is if she were black and her daughter were named "Shaniqua." I think you know the answer to that, no one would give a damn, even black people. Another thing is you are comparing Casey Anthony who is a media created celebrity to O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson. Many of Michael Jackson fans of all races celebrated, not just black. That is not even a fair comparison. There are always so many more dynamics at work than we as people are aware when we bring race into the equation. I am sure everyone on both sides of the race issue could always make a valid point by turning the races around in various situations, so just think about it really good before commenting is all I can say.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. SingleMalt18

    The problem with this case was the media and especially Nancy Grace. For the last 2+ years that hag and other news services have prosecuted, convicted and condemned this women. I'm not saying she is innocent or guilty but if this had played out like most murder cases involving a parent as a prime suspect and no media blitz, she probably would have been convicted months ago of one of the major charges. Blame the media hype if you think she got away with murder.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • TM

      I agree 100%!!

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

      I am so disgusted with the justice system right now. If Casey didn't kill little Caylee, then WHO THE HELL DID?

      July 7, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. Lafayette W.

    She should atleast serve half of the original sentence they gave her in the beginning. I mean, she basically got away with murder, abuse, and lying.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      Those who say the entire trial disagree with you. The media twists things.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. Chris

    ((4 * 365) * .85) – 996 = 245 days left, why is this so hard? Also, is she going to be prosecuted for the theft charges from earlier?

    July 7, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Aarrgghh

      The article stated that they said she served 1000 days, in court. That makes 4 days too many served by your math

      July 7, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Aarrgghh

      the part, in the article, where it says that they must" take time off for good behavior". Also, no one convicted serves 365 days per year to begin with, All these factors reduce your number greatly. She was only convicted of a misdemeanor and should be released from prison immediately. Just because you do not like it, you can not treat her differently than any one else convicted of the same offenses, period.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. Pepper in El Paso

    I just don't get it. Charlie Manson got life and he never actually killed anyone but this woman gets off. I feel the prosecution proved their case for the jury. They connected the dots for them. There just isn't any justice anymore. She should not be able to make money in any way shape or form from her daughters death... Period!

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

      Exactly how did the Prosecution prove it's case? They didn't and the verdict is proper. We have a justice system in this country and despite your pitchforks and torches, it worked.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  9. lori

    Judge Perry is the best!

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

      Judge Perry is the best if you've killed someone and you don't want to get punished for it.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Aarrgghh

      Jennifer: show me where I am wrong but didnt a "jury" find her not guilty after a bungled "prosecution"??

      July 7, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. crystal

    She shouldn't get time reduced-she was in jail for something different before. This is a new charge and sentencing.. so it should be 4 more years. It wouldn't make sense to take time off this sentencing because she already served time.. TIME FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT! And getting off early for good behavior? Really? Nobody should get out early for good behavior.. it's jail for a reason, someone did something bad. Look what she's in jail for-there is no such thing as good behavior when it comes to Casey.

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

      Really what about those cheque fraud charges are those forgotten about the time she has spent in jail I thought was suppose to be due to those charges.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Aarrgghh

      What part of "not-guilty" dont you understand? you can not punish her AT ALL for anything related to the childs death as she is NOT GUILTY... get it?

      July 7, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. MichaelM

    While I don't agree with the her acquittal, I am curious about the court costs that the judge said Casey will have to reimburse, as well as the investigation and prosecution costs that the state will be asking for later. Will Casey Anthony be charged (billed) for the total costs associated with this murder trial, or will defense be able to argue that only a very small portion of the costs were directly related to the conviction for misdemeanor lies? It seems that a misdemeanor investigation, trial and conviction wouldn’t be as costly as a felony, death-penalty investigation and trial. Since she was acquitted of the murder charges, wouldn’t the total costs be excessive?

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

    Let her out today. We have wasted enough money on her sorry ass.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. liza g


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

      YES...and I sent to it my friends too....great law!

      July 7, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. Innocent

    Just goes to show you how much the media play a role in making the weak minds of the public think she’s guilty. A Jury found this woman innocent, and that should be good enough. I / all of you should refuse to be enticed by the media, or any comments by people who's minds have be influenced by the media persuasion, or their assumptions!

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

      She was found Not Guilty. Not Innocent. Duh.

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

      Weak! *rolls eyes*

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

      The jury – declared not guilty – that is NOT the same as "innocent". A couple of things bother me... #1 Of course Casey's actions/behavior & #2 – Quit blaming the parents for an adults bad behavior & #3 Quit blaming the media – if you watched the trial (which I did) – you could see tons of evidence by the prosecution, it is interpretation of the evidence that comes into play, this is America. Nancy Grace has nothing to do with the death of Caylee – really now ! "Cause" of death would not have been an issue for me as a juror – Caylee is dead...who did it... Casey is the only explanation. I still do not understand how the jury did not see enough evidence for manslaughter – unbelievable!

      July 7, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Aarrgghh

      Sally: these things can bother YOU all you like but YOU do not matter in this case YOU have absolutely no part in deciding it at all. Sorry to inform YOU of this

      July 7, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Sally

      I am simply posting my opinions as you have Aarrgghh. My thoughts & opinions of of NO less value than yours. I have rights to expression in the United States of America. Obviously I am not a part of this criminal case & it is likely that no one who has posted comments are involved.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jodey

    Behold, the most hated woman in America! She safest place she can be right now is jail.

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

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

      casey is far from the most hated woman in the world, the world should back up their justice system, even when it goes in the oppositions favor!!!

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

      the publics opinoin doesnt mean anything!! the jury said NOT GUILTY, not because she is innocent, but because the prosecution team sucked!!

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