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. hmmm

    Based on the supposed "truth" of her defense...can she and her family be charged with something like "indecency to human remains"? Come on...she threw a dead child away like she was trash...there has to be some sort of punishment for that.

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

      No, they charged her with murder. They can't now charge with with a lesser crime since they failed at the murder trial. She can not be prosecuted in anyway for this anymore (except for a civil suit). That's the law.

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

      Not according to the JURY ! ! ! ! ! !

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

      They could try, but any good defense attorney will cry retailiation and witch hunt, and she will get found not guilty again. Its a waste of Tax payer money.

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

      No they can't try. It's against the law. She is innocent, it's over.

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

      Oh give it a rest already, deep down you don't give a sh.t about this kid, no more the any of the other lynch mob members you are just disappointed that there isn't a public hanging now...

      July 7, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. dpg

    What did the prosecution attorney mean this morning when she said that we don't know what the status of the defendant will be on the next hearing date and that she may not be available to appear in court? If Casey is going to remain in jail until then, why would she not be available to appear in court?

    I am wondering if there is some plan to secretly whisk her away (possibly temporarily to another prison in a different city) and then to a new home maybe in another country during this interim time period. If the public and the media think she is still sitting in the Orange County jail, they won't be keeping a look-out for the get-away transportation.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bill

    Karma people, karma. or as I prefer, the three time rule will come back to haunt them. Cindy and Casey at the very least will have their actions visited on them 3 times (and not in a good way).

    July 7, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jodey

    Behold the most reviled woman in America! The nicest thing the judge could have done for her is keep her in jail, safely away from the public that despises her. Justice?

    July 7, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. jojo

    Jackie, ur right.. the jury by "law" did the right thing bc there was not enough evidence to link her to the murder... but, by no means is she innocent. She just did a great job of hiding it. We all know, especially if you're a mother, that u wouldn't repeatedly lie about when your daughter called u and that ur nanny kidnapped her... U would be franticly trying to find her... So it's a no brainer, she did it. But she Casey has not yet met her true Judgement day. God has a place for her. Hell...

    July 7, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mister DUI

    listening to idiot reporters-SHE COULD BE OUT OF JAIL JULY OF THIS YEAR! Do they know it is July? By the way, Judge Perry should not have maxed her out, he punished her for the killing she was found not guilty of; she should have gotten 4 30-day sentences. Its hard being fair to evil psychopaths, but the jury has spoken.

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

      I agree the Judge was too harsh. I feel like he took it into his own hands to find her guilty as much as he could. Considering she was found innocent of murder the lies she told should not be punished as harshly as they were. I also don't really understand how the Prosecution can sue Anthony to re-imburse money for the investigate. She's innocent, it's not her fault they ran a bad investigation.

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

    They are punishing her for beating them in court. Welcome to 1984. When it happens to you I will say I told you so.

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

      true, she deserves it, but fairness of the system is more important.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Meena12345

      Seriously dude? Get a life. Maybe they want to keep her in jail so the other prisoners can enjoy her HOTNESS!!! They are punishing her for what she did – waste the law enforcement's time and tax payers money!!! Next thing you know – she is writing a book – HOW to get away with Murder

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

    Nice! That little girl's life was worth $1,000 per lie and four years in prison. Disgusting!!! I still don't understand why that POS wasn't put on the stand, so the world could see just how evil she is. And, on top of everything else, she's planning another child and all the ways she can profit from the murder of her first. While they may not have wanted to sentence her to death, that jury had an obligation to serve the victim in this case, and they failed miserably!! There were plenty of other options they could have requested, and they just let her off the hook. I hope each of them never has another decent night's sleep!

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

    the state didnt prove their case, not casyes fault the prosecutors suck azz!!!

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

    There was no JUSTICE for that child.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. Name*richard

    Well Nancy grace and news media bought her the not guilty I knew two yrs ago this would happen now she is going to bank fat hope all of you are happy and on to your next money making criminal selberty

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

    Why should this defendant, who was acquitted of several charges against her, have to pay authorities for doing their job? She was found not guilty of the crime they were investigating. She does not owe the state of Florida one penny for that. Now, lying to investigators is a different story.

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

      Jared, this will be the only time I can side with her. I agree, if someone IS voted NOT GUILTY, why should they have to pay for the charges brought against them? It's insane. That means, anytime one of us is in the wrong place at the wrong time and someone points a finger at us, even if we prove we didn't do it, we will be held responsible financially? Not right in my opinion.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. Tawnya

    I was just reading that she s currently in jail for her check frauds so why are they allowing time served for other crimes to apply to her current charges? Could the judge not have ruled them separate thus causing her to serve another 4 years? also still believe Judge Perry, though I lked him, did the prosecution a serious injustice during jury selection and also by not seeing, way back when the jury was already asking to review evidence by not denying and instructing then! The time to REVIEW evidence is in the deliberation; not DURING the trial, but he let them! Now the jurors are saying they felt they couldn;t choose her PUNISHMENT. Ths was not about the penalty but the GUILT! Good God, these people did NOT follow the law!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. mike

    The jury may have let her scott free but, in the court of puplic opinion she is guilty as charged and I hope shes prepared for that. I hope that she has'nt forgotten about her "imaginery friends" because shes going to need them. Makes me sick to think that she has no remorse for what SHE HAS done to this child and that she is only thinking now of how hard shes going to be able to party. She should be sent out into the desert all alone with no one at all around by herself tubes tied and head shaved. Please remember karma...

    July 7, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  15. BeverlyG

    Pathetic.........hurry up 12/21/12.

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

      You are not worth our effort. The end of the world will pass you by!

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

      What does that have anything to do with this ruling?

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