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. John

    Casey is so hot. I want her to have my baby.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • caseyishot

      me too, hey if it disappears, that's less headache for me.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Casey Anthony Juror

    Here in Florida, we don't convict women with a rack as nice as Casey's for any type of felony. We don't care if she murdered 10 babies. After all, why do you think that they call them "killer jugs", yuk, yuk, yuk?

    July 7, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Krehator

    I think all of you are murderers too. I am accusing you of it.

    Just because you have not been found guilty, does not mean you are innocent. Now, how do you like the standard?

    July 7, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. ebonynivory

    With duct tape & bags you threw me away. What more is there to say? Alone in the woods is where I was kept for six long months & you STILL haven't wept. "Bella vita" that's what your tattoo said. Not a care in the world while I lay dead. Every night Jesus rocks me to sleep and makes a promise I know he'll keep. Don't worry everything will be fine for in the end vengeance shall be mine! Love, Caylee♥

    July 7, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. DN3

    Woohoo! 4 years! There is hope yet! Please keep here in jail for at least 6 more months. Hopefully enough time for the public to forget about her.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. Frank

    People of the United States of America and the U.S. Justice Dept.,
    If you morons at DOJ do not charge this women with violating Kayles CIVIL RIGHTS by not notifying the police for 30 days she was missing then you are all incompetent and do not deserve the jobs you have,espcially you Mr.Holder.
    You would rather protect illegal immigrates and Terrorists who want to blow us all to HELL.instead you want to prosecute our ICE,Soldiers and CIA agents fighting on the battlefield for supposed war crimes.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      i was unaware that was a right. Is it the right to be reported missing? and oh yeah they cant charge her with anything regarding the child ever again its the law

      July 7, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. zisee

    She will self destroy herself in tme, just like OJ. I just hope she doesn't have another child. I hope everyone out there will NOT BUY OR WATCH anything to do with her or her parents. They are going to make a lot of money off a dead little girl, who was left like trash. To the headline: Baez no Bozo, well he is stil a Ba-ss to me. Try and find his bio on the net, he had it taken it off, so no one can read up on him, didn't even pass the bar exam the first time, and there is something shady in his past, so i went to find his bio online and it said he had it taken off, go figure.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Weird

      Does anybody else find this picture of her (in the blue blouse) creepy?

      July 7, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      There wont be any money made off of a dead little girl as you put it. It will be made off of the freaks like yourself that has blew this story completely out of proportion and will want as much info on it as you can possible get including buying a book or watching a movie about it. If you guys truely are outraged over it, stop talking about it, vote for the new caylees law and let this farce die out.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • dianna

      I hope she gets enough jail time for her to dance for her "sugar Mama". Rip little one.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ryan (Opusxking)

    he who is without sin . . . cast the first stone . . . everyone (including myself) on this blog is a liar and a sinner . . . so i would kill the witch trial here, that you all are being judged for . . . "Go and sin no more"

    July 7, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Chr

      Theres no such thing as sin...its a human created concept to keep people in line.

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

      I did not kill my Two daughters! so NO what your saying is not accurate!

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

      Well thank you captain obvious, at least you're not a hypocrite.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • larry

      Oh, come on. There's a big difference between any generic "sin" and murdering your two year old, Ryan. By your rationale, nobody should be held accountable for anything.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • tensie2004

      But not everyone on here has lied to the police four different time, had a 2 year old go missing for 31 days before reporting it to the police, and none of us went partying while our child was missing. She is guilty and you must have been one of her partying boyfirends.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. squirrel

    You are a moron.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. sick of it

    They say the prosecution failed to prove how Caylee died. Well, I sure don't believe the defense proved this was a terrible accident either. If the child truly drowned in the family swimming pool, wouldn't a sane person call 911 and grieve a lot? What sane person buries their child in the forest preserve, if in fact it was an accident? If this is justice, the system is lacking. Why let a sick person like Casey Anthony back into society so she can continue to lie, party, and get rich on the death of her daughter.? She's never had to support herself a day in her life. She will pay someday for what she has done and is already one of the most detested women in the country. Thank God for small favors. As to her attorneys, may they bask in their glory of knowing they are responsible for a guilty person walking free. Shame on them and our criminal justice system.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      I couldn't agree more

      July 7, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. KF

    I would like to recommend a great podiatrist for Nancy Grace. He will be able to surgically remove her foot from her mouth. It ain't over til it's over. Try to leave the courtroom drama to the courtroom and stop creating all the public frenzy.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • tensie2004

      What crime has Nancy Grace committed. Does she not have the right of freedom of speech or is it that you just don't want to hear what she has to say. If that is the case, turn the damn channel and watch something else.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. 6foot2

    Why doesn't the media give this much time covering cases where dead row inmates are proven innocent?

    July 7, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. NoJustice

    I hope she burns. It may not be today, but Karma WILL catch up with her. IF she gets deep debilitating depression, than screw her. Let her go untreated. I just want to wipe that smirk off of her face.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |

    i dont see how anyone in their right mind or that has a HEART <3 could possibly say that JUSTICE was done for this precious lil girl. are you IDITIOS missing the BIG picture this lil girl has been killed with no answers as to how and when or why and no one in her family seems to know what happed YEAH RIGHT of all people her so called mother or should i say huzzy sperm carrier should know what happened to her child. instead of going to the clubs and being selfish the entire 31 days her child was missing she should have been laying 6ft under insted of laying in beds with men being a skeezer...this lil girl is DEAD people and this person that was suppose to have been her protector and provider got away carefree...when she goes into society i hope that someone gives her what she deserves being a mom myself this makes me sick to see so many people say they are sick of hearing about it and that she was innocent i bet if the tables were turned and this was something that hit close to home then you would want JUSTICE for a CHILD that did not get to live her life she was at her prime and got robbed because she was murdered...i am scared to raise my child in this SICK WORLD we are living in

    July 7, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • The system worked just fine TYVM

      The irony of you calling people here "IDITIOS".

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

      Will you shut up. That was the most annoying thing I have ever read.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. Renee

    It is like the Zahra Baker case. When they're dismembered now it becomes a law. Now they want to change the and make a new law for Caley Anthony Law and mind you from another state? I didn't think she'd get the death penalty, but manslaughter or not notifying the police of her child is missing. Where is the justice? If my child is missing for a few minutes, I'd be out there calling the police and in the street screaming for my neighbors to come out and look. Children are innocent and defenseless. I know I wouldn't buy anything that relates being written from that family, EVER !! Little Caley, you are now in God's arms, you precious little angel and may you RIP.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
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