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. CARBY

    Ann, 'advocate for children'? I do NOT want Casey anywhere near CHILDREN!!!She got away with murder!!!Don't you get it? Just because she was acquitted does not mean SHE DIDN't DO IT! She KILLED her daughter!!!!!

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

      By your same way of thinking, you can't say she's guilty, just like you can't say she's innocent. The trial is over, she was found not guilty. Let it go already. All you people who keep screaming about how she's guilty and follows all the Nancy Graceless in the world need to quit acting like the people you're trying to crucify. It makes you no better then what they are being accused of.

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

      OJ killed his wife and her friend Ron Goldman. he walked as well......Why? Because of emotion thats why. Johnny Cochran used emotion to get OJ aquitted because of shotty law enforcement and people like Mark Ferman who are horrible cops. The real issue is that our crime labs and our crime scene people are not trained properly...they dont know how to do their jobs and they allow defence attorneys to eat them alive in court....guilty people will go free......fix the the real problem. Govt Jobs and Govt workers are over paid and under qualified.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      Wow! The lynch mob is still thirsty for this woman's blood. What a pack of wolves. The jury made the right decision. I'm so tired of people saying "look at the evidence." WHAT evidence? Can any of you who are so sure Casey killed her daughter state even one piece of irrefutable evidence? Seriously, can you answer these questions factually? Not speculation or personal opinions or emotions, but FACTS. How did Caylee die? Can you prove she was murdered? If so, then who murdered her? Where? When? Why? How? Prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Casey killed Caylee. This lynch mob mentality has no place in modern society. Scary.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. lesley

    Casey is walking today, this is just a media scam. Nancy Grace made Casey Anthony a celebrity, and now Casey can not just walk out the court house like nothing happened. When the media packs up and goes home, Nancy Grace will turn another persons life around to please the networks ratings. When no one is watching, Casey will walk away and hopefully stay quite. This sentencing is just another twist in a media frenzy.

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

      Casey will do time for this......she will most likely be released no later than a few months. Media has nothing to do with it. She should actually be doing 2 1/2 years considering her time already served. But thats not gonna happen.

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

    Maybe Caylee will become like that zombie girl in the Ring/Grudge movie and strangle Casey or something

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

      It may be my name but it is the description of you!

      July 7, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. Nancy

    Where is child neglect in all this. The little girl was not reported missing. Casey was too busy partying during that time! Those Jury are a bunch of morons for letting this child murderer go free.

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

      Your emotion is clouding your judement Nancy. The jurrors didnt allow her to go free...the prosecution, Police, Homicide detectives. Crime Labs folks, State of Florida allowed her to go free. Roy Kronk called the Police 3 days in a row.......The Police (State of Florida Govt program) scolded him and basically said...shut up and go away. Place blame where it belongs.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. urnotdave

    I agree with the Judge on this, plus remember, she received a sentence of 412 days for check fraud, so I suspect she has another year or two to serve.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. Liam

    The devil walks among us ever day. The devil makes you question faith, justice, honor, love and everything good. The devil is a liar, will rob you and laugh and smile all along. The devil makes people suffer, murder, have hard hearts and promotes hatred. The devil always masks himself/herself in attractive and seductive clothing. The devil always walks alone and operates only alone. The devil will make you question everything good and will take those most dearest to our hearts. Sound familiar?

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

    The next defense wasn't even played but probably would have worked just as well. CAYLEE committed suicide. As far as I'm concerned not one jury member had the *balls* to make the hard call. What did they expect, video of Casey holding the kid down and killing her? These jurors couldn't put 2 and 2 together if it meant their life. The prosecutors did a great job and that slimeball Baez is made to look like a savior. Just shows you that the scales of justice aren't always even.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. kp

    two things happened: The jury was too stupid to know the difference between "DOUBT" and "REASONABLE DOUBT". and secondly, the jury was a group of losers–many with past misdeameanors I believe–and one who said she couldn't judge someone. Duh.
    Also, it's not REASONABLE that a person would not call 911 if their daughter drowned! And if they were facing the death penalty, they'd sure as hell get on the stand to defend themselves and testify.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rosemary Pierson

    The judge says Time served will be deducted.
    What happens to the time served allocated to her felony of cashing cheques?
    If this is considered she DOES NOT have that many credits.

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

    In related news...the cost of a Prison Hamburger has risen....tax payers will have to fit the bill...;)

    July 7, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. Marj

    Time to put this case to rest. It's done. The jury decided. The judge decided. I've decided for myself that it's time to concentrate on something more meaningful than watching Casey Anthony on TV. Caylee will always have a special place in the hearts of many and she will not be forgotten. I would like to be able to forget Casey Anthony exists altogether.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. M. Randson-Westcott

    All these people who wanted her to get the death sentence should stop finding fault with the judge and jury who did there jobs, fairly and by the law. The fault lies in the prosecutions case because they admit they presented everything they had for evidence (which was only speculation and not proof of any wrongdoing on her part).

    I believe the prosecution jumped the gun on bringing charges that they knew they had no way to prove. You can't build a case on "we think this happened". Personally I think the entire family knows what really happened. Dear old dad tried commiting suicide early in the case for a reason. I think they sold her down the river to protect the family from what really happened and all their phony tears and falling apart on the stand was part of the cover-up they promoted to protect daddy's "good cop reputation". If anyone would know how to promote a cover up, he would.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  13. Helen

    Well...after allowing myself to calm down and think rationally over the last few days....I do believe that the prosecution did "overcharge" in this case which made the different I believe in the verdict.

    I do believe Casey is guilty in the fate of that precious little girl...and find it appauling that she will never ever be charged in her death.

    However like OJ who also got away with a horrific murder and who now sits behind bars....Miss Casey will soon follow suit I'm almost positive. I think the things that were proven over the years is that she is a narcissistic, pathological liar and theif and those "wonderful" character traits will help her once again take residence in some detention center somewhere hopefully for a long, long time.

    I understand that there is a rumor circulating that she may be on her way to Houston.

    Well come on down, Casey, and welcome to the Texas Criminal Justice System!

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

      Do you fry 'em in Texas?

      July 7, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mary

    The DA's reference to the rabbit hole in "Alice in Wonderland" where nothing makes sense has taken precedence in our judicial system today. Common sense has left the building... Another question is if Caylee drowned, how could any family member stay in that house after something like that happened? I think Geo & Cindy Anthony truly loved their grandchild and my prayers are with them and her brother who have all been thrown under the bus that Casey was driving........

    July 7, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. daviddavis

    CNN is now just Tabloid TV
    Instead of covering the fires,floods,and natural disaters and a multiple front war they chose this America has not asked to have this 24-7 you have chosen to only push this pulp on us.
    Soon are you at CNN going to hack phones too?

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

      You didn't have to click the link, but you did...

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