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. Blabla

    She looks like Alanis Morissette with her hair down.

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

      u should not b allowed to even read cnn

      July 7, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. Franklin Whiddon

    Regardless of how people feel about the case,Casey was found NOT Guilty by a jury of her peers except for the four counts of lying. While I can understand a repayment of sorts for some of the law enforcement efforts because of her lies but how can they make her pay for the state's prosecution of the case? I mean, she was found not guilty of the most serious of charges levied against her. Is this fair to a defendant in a case to have to pay for the prosecution thereof when the jury said "Not Guilty". It seems that in spite of the jury verdict they are trying to make her pay for something she was found not guilty of.

    Please clarify this on air if you can.

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

    Caylee is the ONLY innocent one!

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

      I feel sorry for caylee also. the fact still remains casey was found NOT GUILTY by a jury of her piers

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

      Well technically she was not found guilty by a structure over water, but yes she was found guilty by a jury of her peers 😛

      July 7, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Tracey

      Wow "a jury of her piers" are you even kidding me?! you know it's PEERS right?

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

      Amen to that! Baby Killer really doesn't give a hoot about Caylee never did...I guess the attention was not on her so she had to get rid of her daugher!!

      July 7, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Kenny

      Sorry but no one will ever know what pains / suffering Casey might have gone through when she realized her child was dead. Please don't judge someone based off "stories" you might have heard about this case or other cases no where close to this case.

      We all will be judged one day.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. june

    you have got to be kidding!!!!!!!! where is caylee's justice

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

      Blame the prosecution, they were grasping at straws, if they went for lesser charges (which they would of got a convitction on) Mis Anthony would be spending an insane amount of time in jail.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. gfg

    you lost! its over set her free! no evidence no conviction!!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. Smitty

    Who is the father of this poor abused and murdered little girl?

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

      I am....I am NUMBER FOUR

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

      Casey says he died in a car accident. Hard to say! A women has come forward wondering if her son could be the father. Apparently she has been in touch with Lippman- Anthony's lawyer.

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

    The public and the media need to hound this woman 24/365 for the remainder of her worthless life.

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

      I think you need to back off, and leave her alone, it's not up to us to punish her, her time will come. Have you ever heard 2 wrongs don't make a right, treat others the way you want to be treated. We all get judged one way or the other and when your time comes don't you want to be able to say I lived my life with kind for others and respect. Just because other people are a** holes doesn't mean you need to be

      July 7, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Chelsa

      This women should rot in hell and jail on death row. How could she do that to her little baby!........What kind of JURY IS THAT?????

      July 7, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Kenny

      I feel pity for you, my friend. Don't get me wrong but what makes you believe that Casey's life is worthless – just because she might have killed her daughter? Who knows if she killed her daughter, and how much pain she is going through for being dragged to court for something she didn't do... at least jury of her peers didn't find so? We will never know.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Tawnya

      Kenny, I believe those of us with common sense and enough intelligence to follow the law DO KNOW she did this and while it is not our job to punish her beyond the law, it is our right to express our disgust at a travesty of justice.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. Trisha

    Casey had previous charge for stealing. The judge mentioned it in the calculation for her time. Why did the news team not hear this. Part of her time served has already been used for the stealing charge. I feel she will see more time then getting out in July or August.

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

    Did I hear it wrong? I thought the judge was taking about her prior felony conviction, the 15 months, that he wanted to take into consideration the good behavior and the other thing, NOT the current 4 year sentence. I think Casey is going to be in jail for at least a year if not more.

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

    She is creepy!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. Patrick Lee

    Do you think with Cindy and George's positive reaction today that they were in full agreement with the defense's argument about the pool theory? Seems like Cindy and George would've been based on how happy they appeared today. Makes you wonder if George was acting, too, on the stand as it relates to the drowning story. Hmmm...

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

      Just to clarify, not that I beleive that's what happend but that George was willing to go along with the lie, let them slander him, and then agree to play the victim on the stand.

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

      I said from the day the defense opened that the parents agreed to this defense. They agreed to being thrown under the bus to get her off. It's incredible but I bet true.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  12. Val

    I have never seen anyone else sentenced to 4 years in jail on a misdemeaner. Name one other person in the last 5 years in Florida who received such a harsh sentence. I think the judge gave her maximum possible sentence to quell any public outbursts.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • C. Rowe

      You hit the nail on the head, this is a prime example of the government losing its case in one way, but coming back to get the accused in other ways. Anything to deflect attention away from the prosecutions loss, which is why they insisted on bringing up the fact that they will be trying to get the court to make Casey pay back court costs.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  13. skarrlette

    It think people are way to emotionally invested in this girl its almost creepy!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. Morgan


    As a mother, I have lost complete faith in our justice system!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jess

    I think it was fair a sentence, it was some very serious lies and cost the tax payers tons of money searching for Caylee. One year for each account is the max, and in all honesty she deserved that. I'm not one of those "the jury was wrong and corrupt people" the verdicts were fair given the evidence in the case. And same goes for her sentence. I commend the judge for settling the exact release date in private with Anthony's attorneys, and I hope they keep that date to themselves. Becuase you know some idiot will try to do something to Anthony to exact revenge (Anthony had something to do with her daughters death, but it's not up to us to punish her, her time will come, and she isn't worth any more lives).

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