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. America Hater

    Americans well some Americans are just so judgementle, the justice system has beed f'd up for a very long time and continues to be,

    July 7, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Julie

    Hasn't the media figured it out it yet ??? Keep making these sad and terrible crimes a circus the the innocent and victims will never get justice.Fricking get out of Orlando! Go report on the wars, the dozens of problem across this country. I never once believed that Casey intentionally killed her child, but I felt she was criminality neglectful And because of this media circus, it dragged on for rating. MEDIA'S FAULT CALYLEE DIDN'T RECEIVE THE JUSTICE DUE TO HER. The media, Nancy Grace and her cronies, and all the American public calling her a baby killer should take some blame! Shame on you all !!!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • toyia

      Finally a comment with reasoning. My hat is off to you for seeing this for what it is. We willl never know what really happened to that child because of this media circus.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kristina

    Caylee deserves Justice!! Her mother is smearking at the fact she killed her innocent little girl and walked free!! WOW no justice for an innocent child!! Rip Caylee!!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Val

      "smearking"? Do you mean "smirking"? God, the intelligence level of the average poster is an abomination.

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

      How about you get a life? How do you know she killed her child? She was found not guilty because there isn't any evidence that she had a hand in the death of her child. Get over it!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Tawnya

      Including yours, Val.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. randy

    There should be no time served allowed. This was for a different crime, forgery. If the judge gives her 4 years, she should spend 4 years. I do not understand the "time served" when its for a different crime

    July 7, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Val

      She didn't get 4 years for forgery, or even 3 years that she has served. The court system was very clear that she was being held on murder charges. She should sue the state of florida for denying her freedom of "life, liberty, and the persuit of happiness" while she awaited her trial. Once she was found NOT GUILTY you have to understand she was held on a false assertion.

      The judge onky sentenced her harshly because he's concerned with public outcry.

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

      The only reason they can't do that is because she was found "not guilty" for those crimes. She has been serving time for a crime she was found not guilty of so in fact they have to give her credit for that. I know it's a crock but that is the way they are figuring it!

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

      WoW! You get it! You can't be sentenced for crimes you are found NOT GUILTY of! You win the prize.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • FloridianGuy

      she was declared not guilty on the charges she was in jail for. Time served should count, the justice system did work, can't blame the system for the mistakes of a prosecutor, how can you convict somewhere of murder 1 without evidence of how, where and by whom?

      July 7, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. Free Healthcare For All !! (Canadians)

    Casey Anthony is a physically attractive but morally repugnant and reprehensible human being.
    If she does indeed wish to have another child...there are many many men who would be more
    than willing & able to assist her in making that wish a reality.

    She will probably be released in late August/Early September..but is there anywhere in U.S that
    she could live without any fear of being attacked/killed ? Maybe a move north of the border or
    Europe would be her best bet.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. sharon hughes

    What Casey learn out of this is she can lie her way out of anything. What kinda mother can go out and party while her 2 year old daughter is missing. "Stupid jury!!!" They will pay some day for allowing a murderer to go free!! Thing is how many more times will she get pregnant and have aborion, more babies will be killed from Casey im sure. I hope she will never get peace in her mind over this and the jury!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Christella


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

    More time for what~Not Guilty was the verdict. Time already serve should be the outcome. The State of Florida lost their case why should Casey Anthony pay for their failures. Casey Anthony is FREE. The petty tactics to prolong this mess is a crime.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Get Real

      Juror # 3 is that you?

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

      Because these are separate charges. If they were not, Perry would not have sentenced her.

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

      While I disagree with the verdict.. I agree with your post. They should not be allowed to charge a defendant for the cost of a failed prosecution. If they can do it to her they can do it to any of us at any time.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. Tj

    Think about it guys. Jose Baez and his team sold their souls to the devil on this one just like Robert Kardashian and Johnny Cochran did in the OJ trial. What happened to them? Robert died pretty early of esophageal cancer and Johnny suffered a inoperable brain tumor as well. Neither of these men were old. So I am a firm believer that karma is a b and everything that goes around comes right back around. That even goes for Casey. Look at OJ. He is in prison right now!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • katpup

      Baez did his job and he is now one of the most sought after criminal defense attorneys in the USA. What we may think if the jury's decision is irrelevant.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. Val

    I think it's so funny to see Nancy Grace pop a blood vessel.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Christella


      July 7, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. Nana Egyir

    "The evil men do lives after them." Mankind sometimes does not understand God, but he is the almighty, therefore everything that happens, happens for the glory of God. The truth of Caylee's mysterious death is cold and haunting on who did it, and how intentionally or by mere accident and concealed. The whole truth would one day surface, simply because TRUTH never sleeps until revealed to rest in Peace.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Lourie

      According to your post.. she was murdered for the glory of god.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Christella


      July 7, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. tcp

    She is so HOT!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. J. T.

    Who the heck is Casey Anthony? and while you're at it, why should I care? Thanks.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Christella

      Right on.. They act like she pays their bills,or they have a right to JUDGE her. Thats the world we live in, PEOPLE LIKE TO CAST STONES,BUT DO NOT LIKE THEM TROWN BACK!!!! SHE WAS FOUND TO BE NOT GUILTY,LIVE WITH IT PEOPLE AND GO TO WORK,OR WORRY ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO TO BETTER YOU LIVES!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. Michelle

    Now that this case is over, I'm wondering what case Nancy Grace will move onto next. The Sowell case in Cleveland is particularly interesting, considering all of the huge mistakes the police and other civil service employees made while the body count kept climbing!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. juanita

    It is really sad!! Of it was a reason that has a drug case they would've gotten life. I just dont get the system !!! This world we are Living in is confuse.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Lourie

      Your post is confuse.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. Curt

    4 years for lying to police............. I hope God strikes you all down =D

    July 7, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
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