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. Sylvia

    There are a whole lot of trashy men blogging here, who would not mind hooking up with this tramp when she is out. But I am quite sure on one single decent man who has any self-respect would touch her with a bargepole. She will always be an outcast in decent society, just like OJ was and still is.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. gail

    If Casey Anthony killed her daughter, why pray tell did she not dispose of the body so it would never be found? She had 30-31 days to do so. She's in Florida and how easy would it be to do so in the ocean? It doesn't add up. If her goal was to party and be free – within one solid month this could have been done. She would not have been stupid enough to dump the body one block from her home right off the road. Doesn't make sense...

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

    Think about it, she doesn't know who the father of her child is and she's spend the last three years in jail...she's probably got more STD's than a free clinic. Enjoy your new, life long friend downstairs.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. C. Rowe

    The judge says he gave the max for the extensive resources used to follow up on her lies by police. Does he mean when they had to use all that manpower to drive to universal studios to find out she wasn't employed there, or when they had to check phone records to see the phone call to her wasn't made by the so-called kidnappers. Just admit that they gave her the max to avoid public outcry.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • terhina

      It doesn't matter what the max is because she may do a year or less because she already did three years. So there was just no justice for baby Caylee!!! But Caylee is in a better place!!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • The system worked just fine TYVM

      Exactly correct.

      If this weren't a national case she'd have been released today.

      Nothing more than throwing a bone to the lynch mob that didn't get their way.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Urkiddingmeright?

      Yes, unfortunately this was and still is a media fiasco. Had the judge let her go with time served, he too would be "judged" incorrectly by the talking heads of the media as doing the wrong thing just like those brave jurors. Let's face it, the media advertised a guilty verdict before the trial started, the prosecution failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt, and our justice system did what it is designed to do. Most americans are angry because they were promised something by the media and they didn't get it. I wonder if they will change the law so that when someone gets a DWI, they also get a charge for lying to law enforcement. Because I know 95% of those people say they haven't had anything to drink.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. Karen

    To the writer of the story: the 8:48 update. There is no apostrophe in attorneys. Where did you go to school?

    July 7, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Really, Karen? That's the best you can come up with? Really?

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

      shut up jew

      July 7, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • kuate

      It's called a typo.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kenny

    I can not for the life of me understand how so many people know so much abt this case but know nothing abt it. The bible says "do not judge unless you be judged" so as I see it the jury spoke her judgement will come. Yes it is sad that a little girl is dead & was thrown out like trash on a road side but the person or persons responsible will have their day of judgement. The best we can do is remember this little girl in our thoughts & prayers & forgive where forgiveness is do. Let her judgement come when it its due not by us now. Yes people need to keep their noses out of each others business that's why we have so much anger towards our fellow man & woman.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • WornOutShoe

      You need to remember that not everyone lives their live based on the Bible.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |

      AMEN!!!!! I AGREE!!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • EnClark

      No, we are not to judge, BUT did not the Lord Jesus Christ say that HE is our avenger? Caylee's remains were found and thrown into Casey's face. If she really did kill her little girl, then yes, God will deal with her. For all we know, justice and vengeance might have already been done. The point of all of this, and me to replying to your message, is this: do not quote the Bible and leave half of the point out. If Jesus uses human-beings to extract His vengeance or Judgement upon a person, then allow Him to show that He did. Now, if Jesus Christ makes it blatantly obvious that He DID NOT judge the person, then humans are in the wrong. Until we know for sure, you, nor anyone in this forum/post/topic, should say, "Do not judge."

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

    First let me say that CNNs talking head Vince is so bias he reminds me of the head of a lynch mob in the old west. And to those folks who want Casey's blood, well she was found not guilty by jury of her peers. That is the way the system in this FREE Country works, if Vince is so heck bent on finding her guilty I suggest he move to a country where you are judged guilty from the beginning. The Police messed this up from the start and with error upon error they gave the State little to nothing to work with. She has been found not Guilty...end of story, move on guys. And to all those court groupies, give it a break. In this country you are innocent UNTIL proven guilty not before, let Casey try and get her life back in order whatever that may be. Yes she is a habitual liar as is her whole family, when you are raised that way you tend to believe that is the correct way of doing things. Last but certainly not least, CNN needs to have talking heads that are neutral and just tell the story not BE the story. As a long time CNN watcher I find it unreal that CNN is beginning that long slide to FOX NEWS LAND!!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. Trish

    Hey guys, will you visit HelpFaye.ORG , a friend of mine is fighting for her life.... thank you..

    July 7, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. SciguyWA

    No, not a "dumba$$" Scott, a PhD practicing clinician. I just didn't make it part of my life to follow this circus act. And didn't see the involuntary manslaughter mentioned. Which she is guilty of.
    Grow up, cursing doesn't make you cool, it makes you a fool.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. debbie

    I would suggest they check the Anthony dogs Cindy stated she checked web search cause dogs seemed sleepy . I think Casey was trying out drugs on dogs first to c reaction .

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

    It is appalling to read some of these comments with everyone so sure she is guilty. She is guilty in your mind because of the lopsided media reporting and not the facts. If we had followed the media, she would be guilty like Amanda Knox and found so before her trial. I too believed manslaughter was the probable guilty verdict, but for the 12 people that heard ALL the evidence and were not persuaded by the media, the evidence just wasn't there. People need to relax and move onto something more productive, because this case is over and will never be reopened. However, I think a strong look should be taken at George and his knowledge, because he is just as guilty looking as Casey. He at least acknowledged to his "friend" that an accident occurred and snowballed, then tried to kill himself. This was not from missing Caylee, but from overwhelming guilt and understanding of the facts.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • B7C

      John do not forget that the accidental drowning with her father present was key to the defense but even Casey dismissed that in the jail house "recorded" conversation with her parents. Come on man.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Geek

      I agree, John. Also, this "paying the State for Investigative Fee's re: lying to the Police". Does this not smack, rather LOUDLY, of "Debtor's Prison" of days of yore? If people didn't lie to the Police, what would they have to do? What would they investigate? Ted Bundy lied, and lied extremely well. HE wasn't charged with lying, why Ms. Anthony? This entire case was a prime example of the Prosecution/State OVER CHARGING and OVER REACHING. Through out the Union, Prosecutor's are Over Charging, then including the lesser's. Why? Because these offices are geared up for prosecuting Drug offenses. Because they've put so many people in jail/prison with Draconian sentences for DRUGS, Murderer's and Child Molester's serve less time than DRUG offenses. So, the Prosecutor's need something to do to keep themselves occupied. They lost this case, citing "bare bones". How many are in jail now when NO BODY/CORPSE has been found? I find this Paying to be Prosecuted abhorrent and contrary to the laws of the land. For all you "Protester's", what are you hoping to accomplish? Please go home and take care of YOUR children. Find something CONSTRUCTIVE to do with your time. The "talking heads" have whipped up the storm of "GUILTY, now PROVE you are INNOCENT". "In Session", formerly Court TV, has sunk to "opining" rather than "objective reporting". Yes, the two are DIFFERENT. One is to grab ratings. The other (used to be) reporting and explaining Court cases. Too bad that In Session is still better to listen to than other day time programming, otherwise, I'd turn the channel. ALL of their former fine reporters,(including Beth and Jean) are most likely under order's to loosen up and Take and Hold an Opinion. So sad. Right now I'm hearing a commentator TELLING me that Casey Anthony "was this", "was that", this morning and after her sentencing. HOW, on God's Green Earth, does SHE know? (The WORST talking head In Session has ever payed. I think her name is Casey Jordan, a blond) In fact, I'm turning the channel. I'd rather listen to the Discovery Channel than opinionated, long winded, self aggrandising, pompous Talking Head's. I hope other's will as well.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Wow

    I bet you'll never get the chance to find out.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |

    Set her free. There a lot of dudes out there that need to get laid and she is probably ready to make her rounds. Maybe she can have another kid that she doesn't know who the father is and make that one disappear too! SET THAT HOT THING LOOSE ON THE MEN OF FLORIDA! L-O-V-I-N is a coming!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • caseyishot

      I get first dibs!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. cookie

    Future behavior is PAST behavior !!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. mike

    This is the judge punishing her for beating the murder charge. How dare she defend herself and beat us she must be punished.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
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