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. Robin

    I hope they hit her hard with fee etc etc...so all the money she thinks she will make on selling picture, books will go back to the courts.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. a disgrace

    the anthony verdict a advertisement to go out and commit murder! where are those jurors going to move? iran?kill make headlines and get paid millions!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. The Bear

    If not for Nancy Grace, no one would ever have heard the name Casey Anthony. Justice for Caley? what about jusice for Anne-Sophie Turcotte? Another 3 year old girl, stabbed 43 times by her father in 2009 who was just found not criminally responsible at his trial (Guy Turcotte). Tell me, why is no one clamouring for justice there? Funny how you pick and choose what cases you think are worthy of attention

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

      The two cases are a little different, but I agree with you that there should have been more attention for those two innocent children. But I must point out that the crime happened in Canada and that is probably why the US isn't as familiar with it as we are of Casey Anthony, since the crime happened in Florida. EIther way, both cases are truly disturbing and heartbreaking, and as anyone with a heart or conscious, incomprehensible and truly truly devastating. My only wish is that all this violence against children just be done with once and for all! I can barely sit at work without getting upset, or even the phone in a clear voice without wanting to break down and cry for this haneus acts against innocent children.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • The Bear

      How many children go missing in the US every year? How many wind up dead?

      No, I don't think the issue was strictly that Calyee was from Florida, I think it was solely because the media latched on to this case like a pack of leeches and wouldn't let go. I have sympathy for Caylee too, but she is just one child that died 3 years ago, the injustice is that nobody seems to care about the other children.

      I thank you for actually taking the time to look up the particulars of this case and for your sympathy, most of the people here who are SO upset about Caylee couldn't even be bothered to do that.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. C. Rowe

    HLN needs to cover the whole story for once in their lifetime. Jane Valez says "I am here with the protestors and the supporters are over there, but we won't go there" why don't you go against public opinion for once and actually act like a news agency. I believe the right decision was made based on the evidence and that the sentence was made based on public outrage. When will Americans realize that the Anthony's have a life to live and don't need so-called perfect people bashing them. Casey was found not guilty, deal with it, if you uneducated, overweight, attention seeking protesters need something to do with your time, try getting a job and living your own lives. I am sure glad to be Canadian and have an unbiased view of this case. As far as trying to get Casey to pay back the court costs, well that is just an angry prosecution trying to redirect the attention of the people away from themselves. BRUTAL!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin in Canada

      I agree, the Americans are becoming the laughing stock of the world – when will they learn?

      July 7, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Proud American

      To: C. Rowe and Kevin in Canada – REALLY??? I think before you all start casting stones in our (America) direction, you should take a look at your own country and "justice" system. Look up Guy Turcotte's Case...He admitted to killing his children and he was found "not criminally responsible"...What the hell??? It's possible this guy could be set free... wow. Oh...and as far as the Anthony's are concerned...sorry, but if they were Canadian's I can almost guarantee they would be getting the same so-called "bashing".

      Take your insults elsewhere, please.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. crystal

    She shouldn't get time cut. 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 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. lori

    So Jose and Casey will not be apartment hunting today? Sorry Jose!

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

      I figured Jose was going to be rewarded by Casey tonight for a job well done. Maybe he can get a conjugal visit.

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

    Casey, Don,t let the bloodsucking people get your money, move out of the country, and write your book and make your TV deals.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. mike

    They are punishing her for having the gaul to defend herself in court and win. They max on every count and pay for their attemp to put her on death row. Welcome to 1984 thing about this the next time the police nock on your door even if you win in court you pay with your life.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. Terry

    Re: George and Cindy Anthony's demeanor when leaving the courthouse this morning

    Of course they were smiling and happy – they have a few more weeks during which they don't have to deal with their daughter......

    July 7, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. Glenna Moss

    TO: tellu1nice I AGREE W/U RE the hummer: birds of a feather ? good point and prob true !

    July 7, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. Valerie

    How about a wrongful death suit (much like OJ) so that she can't profit from this?

    July 7, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. seminole county citizen

    Lying to a law enforcement officer and obstruction of justice is the same statute under FS 843.02

    July 7, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jodie

    Anthony's only distinction is that she was found not guilty of the murder of her child. At best the max penalty of lying to the police is a pathetic attempt to compensate for the prosecutions failure.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tarren

    Hopefully they'll lose the key...

    July 7, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. bagladey

    Casey Anthony has been in protective custody in jail until now, but now that she's been sentenced she should be transferred into the general population so she can experience what "real" prison is like.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Carismom


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

      Her attorney's should have come to court with her good/gain time in hand, but I'm glad they weren't prepared. She should go into regular population, but they will probably keep her in segregation until she gets out.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
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