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. bch grl

    When she gets out will she be "LOOKING" for the real killer of her baby-she will not have to look far!!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jersey Joe

    Since the lynch mob wants the scalp of "tot mom" here is what Florida should do. Convene a grand jury to investigate the untimely death of Caylee Marie Anthony. Casey Marie Anthony (aka "Tot Mom") can then be called before the grand jury, where she will appear without benefit of counsel and testify under oath. She will be stripped of her 5th Amendment protections by virtue of her acquittal. Since she apparently would not know the truth if she fell over it, she will undoubtedly lie, and she she can be prosecuted for perjury. The grand jury can return a presentment, concluding that Casey killed Caylee but cannot be charged because of Double Jeopardy. The time she'll get for the multiple perjury convictions should be enough to satisfy the majority of the cries for her blood.

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

      To prove what? She could get on the stand and say yeah I killed her so what, and the grand jury could do NOTHING about it! Great idea!

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

      Amen.... Well said

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


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

      Oh, it is not so clear to me that she would tell the truth; but if she did, so be it. There would at least then be "justice for Caylee" in the revelation of the facts of her death. Casey appears incompetent to tell anything resembling the truth, so let the perjury trials begin!

      July 7, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Tawnya

      It's an excellent idea but I seriously doubt Florida is looking to spend more tme and money on this piece of garbage.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • C. Rowe

      As far as I am concerned, all you Americans are incompetent, Everyone from the unemployed protesters who can't deal with the right decision by the jury based on the evidence, to the procecutors who have said they will seek court costs from Casey in an attempt to deflect attention away from their disgraced trial. And how about those attention seeking people trying their best to get their fat, ugly, faces on TV outside the courthouse. The world is laughing at you America, and I am laughing with them from Cnada.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • yomomma

      HEY C. ROWE. At least Americans can spell the country they're from correctly! Apparently not your strong point, eh?

      July 7, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • C. Rowe

      Sorry for the typo, Canada.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • yomomma

      Nice run on sentence too! Not sure how many sentences should have 54 words in them. Incorrect usage of capitalization and punctuation. Typically in America, questions end with a "?". Not sure how it works in Canada, but before you start talking about incompetence maybe you should make sure you're not incompetent yourself!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. felicia

    I will not suport a murderer... So I wont participate in buying her movies or books... This whole thing is sad and sickening. They have to find the supposed killer now.. I,guess george will be on the.stand next. This is awful. At least caylee is away from her and with our lord and savior. No more pain . Rest in peace beautiful angel ..

    July 7, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. JAN

    I do not believe the jury understood the instructions regarding reasonable doubt.
    This is so disgusting ..... but they, and Casey Anthony, have to live with themselves and their decision.
    And that alternate juror-Ray or Roy – who believes she was a good mom...and George was involved.....what is his IQ?

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

      Just because you don't agree with the verdict doesn't mean the jurors misunderstood the law or have IQ problems. Your comment is narcissistic.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. Shes not Free

    Casey may be strolling around "free" soon, but its not a freedom I would want...the odds of her having any type of gainful employment are nil, she is estranged from her family and I dont see a happy reunion in her lifetime, IF she has another child, she will be on everyones radar and DCFS will be called every time someone sees the child sneeze. No normal person will allow her into their life as a friend/girlfriend/wife. As a proprietor, I would not allow her in my establishment, she will be left with the rest of the bottom feeders and end up in a drugged out haze where she has nowhere to go but down...and when she finally does die, from an overdose or "accident" or a vicious crime against her, THEN justice will be served

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

      Sounds about right

      July 7, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • glenna


      July 7, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • yomomma

      Until she legally has ner name changed. No one will recognize her if she changes her appearance or if she has plastic surgery. Have fun hating someone for no other good reason then having no life!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. Angel

    She should be stopped by law fromaking any money on her daughters death! No books no movies nothing!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tawnya

    And juror number 3 is saying the jury felt they could not choose her punishment based on the evidence and Mr Ashton said, OMG, if that's what they did, they did NOT follow the law! This was NOT the penalty phase. This was the GUILT phase. I'm sorry but I just feel these jurors were simple fools and that they did not go over the evidence and they did NOT follow the law let alone common sense!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. sally

    Can someone answer the question as to whether she had time sentenced for check fraud? I thought I heard this had to be calculated into sentencing, so she could end up with a year in jail.

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

      Doesn't really matter. Check fraud isn't a violent crime and they would have to come up with a pretty good reason to keep her locked up for that when so many others are set free. Public opinion doesn't matter. I think everyone believes she did it and would be happier if she were locked up for life just to be safe, but fortunately we're more civil and gave up witch hunts. She'll have it far worse on the outside. Honestly..... how can she enjoy life going forward? No friends. No support structure. No job. No money. Lawsuits. Death threats. I mean, she's going to have a miserable life and will almost wish she were in jail.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. movement31

    Casey is hot!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jenny

    I think we are all going on emotion rather than fact. Her defense attorneys were better than the other side and that's it. The decision had to be made on fact and frankly, I am wondering myself who killed this precious child. They never really PROVED IT. I would hope that Nancy Grace finds something else to talk about because I am sick to death of her mouth running over this. She nailed this girl to the cross before the trial and after. Go on to something else. If this woman killed her child she will pay and pay big in this life or the next. Whoever, they will pay.

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

      Were you a juror???? Seriously? They DID prove her sad motive and they DID prove the duct tape was as decomposed as the body and they DID prove the body was n HER trunk and they DID prove ONLY Casey had access to every facet of the crime. Are you kidding me???

      July 7, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. cookie517

    I can't believe that with all that is going on. The reporter and the idiot who was sitting in the court in front of the of her parents, REALLY thought that the length of her hair was something that was a IMPORTANT news worthy topic.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. Name*Tracey

    Thank you Judge Perry!!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. CARBY

    Judge Perry – you did everything the law allowed you to do – for that I thank you,.....

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

      I agree!

      July 7, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Tawnya

      I disagree. I lke him very much but I think he did the prosecution a serous injustice in jury selection and he when the jury asked to "review" evidence DURING the trial, he should have seen that as a big problem and I don't thiink she should get time served when she was not in jail for THESE charges!

      July 7, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • yomomma

      Look back at the charges she was arrested for back in Oct 2008! They are identical to the case that just completed. She was held the last almost 3 years pending trial. So too bad for you she gets credit for time served! boohoo..

      July 7, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. Sherri

    In all honesty it should not matter what the media has said the past three yrs the truth of the matter is the defense's arguement was that Casey KNEW that her little girl was dead. Hello what more do you need to know?????????

    July 7, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  15. CRIME.


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