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. audrey from SC

    If jailhouse phone conversations are public information can you find out if Casey has had a phone conversation with her parents...We would all love to hear it!

    July 7, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. Gary

    They can only charge her with what the state intended to as they brought her to trial. They are why she is walking free, they overcharged her and couldn't prove murder 1.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. whittmadden

    A book or a movie? Yes, let's encourage this kind of behavior and let her make millions from it. Any attention given to her after this is too much, in my opinion.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Shaif Yirboosch

      She & the network ought to be sued for defamation.

      But Nancy will retire shortly to pursue her legal career.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • mojcrt

      Agreed...We should now allow these people to profit from these situations. And shame of the people who buy this garbage and encourage the behavior.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • MacinVa

      I couldn't agree more. It's bad enough she got away with it, it's even worse for her to profit from it. As far as I'm concerned, this hag can fall off the face of earth and we'll be better off. I have a bad feeling however that people will still "watch the movie" or "buy the book" if she does come out with something. Sick world...

      July 7, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • KellY1

      Totally Agree! I hope no one gives her any attention... even though some stupid people already have... I will not support anything that has to do with that monster (that a beautiful little girl once called her "mom")

      July 7, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kasey

    So, the takeaway from this is; if you're tired of being a mom, murder your child, duct tape her nose and mouth, throw her body into a swamp. Then lie to police 4 different times, get your parents in on it, claim she drowned in the family pool (with duct tape??) and go party hard. Go ahead and get that tattoo. No worries. You'll be acquitted by some moronic jury that can't figure out a 2 year old can't duct tape their own nose and mouth and throw themselves into a swamp.

    The real shame is, if you don't want to be a mom anymore, you can give that baby up for adoption. There are plenty of us out here to want children and can't have them. I, for one, would have been happy to adopt this baby and give her a decent home, something she apparently never had during her short two years on this earth. I hope those jurors can't sleep at night.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Lindsay Roach

      This has nothing to do with the case today. Totally different.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      Are you listening to the court audio right now? The defense has put 4 into question. I really don't know if the defense is right or not. That's why there's a judge. (He's been to law school and I haven't.)

      I suspect we'll find out soon.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      Looks like we are about to find out.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Kasey

      Linsday, this is not a totally different case. This is the same case, just sentencing for what she was convicted of. That's my point.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Gena

    Hardy har har, Baez. You don't need to mistrial, huh? Everything is cool now that it worked in your favor. What a complete idiot. Whether or not you think the defense was just "doing their job," they are still terrible people. They get along with Casey, a known liar and creep, just a little too well to not be exactly like her.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kevin

    It's OK. I'm 47 and jeopardy is a really hard word to spell.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. Eileen Bora

    So the jury cried when they unanimously made the decision to find Casey Anthony not guilty. Why? Was it perhaps because they all knew ln their heart of hearts that she was guilty but didn't have the courage to convict. Oh well so much for Justice for Caylee.
    So what will happen next. A child is dead and her little body dumped – someone is guilty. Will there be further ınvestigations to try to determine who was responsible. What about perjury action for those who have been caught out in numerous and far-fetched lies.
    OK being a liar doesn't make you a killer – accepted. But why lie if you are ınnocent? Why impicate so many others to take the heat away from herself?
    And finally how utterly disgraceful were the defense team – they promised much and delivered smoke screen after fairy story then they have the gall to celebrate. The most appalling outcome wıll be the amount of money that the defense team and the defendant will make out of this farce. I hope the people of America have the honesty to reject any film that is made or book that is written.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave S.

      I would argue that the courageous thing to do was acquitting her. In their minds, the State did not prove the case (and arguably from hearing all the Monday Morning Quarterbacks on TV, the State didn’t). Yes, I am throwing up on my keyboard while typing this but in order to send one to jail they must be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

      She lied, she impeded the investigation, and SOMEONE did kill her daughter but just because someone did it doesn’t mean we automatically lock her up. People lie for any number of reasons, and often people then stick with those lies instead of coming clean.

      Do I think she killed her daughter? Yes. Do I agree with the jury’s verdict? Yes. Do I have to like the verdict? No.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • DC603

      "So the jury cried when they unanimously made the decision to find Casey Anthony not guilty. Why? Was it perhaps because they all knew ln their heart of hearts that she was guilty but didn't have the courage to convict. Oh well so much for Justice for Caylee."

      Knowing in your hearts is not the same thing as having evidence to show that beyond a reasonable doubt, Casey was responsible for murder in the first degree or aggravated manslaughter.

      I agree with the other commenter – I agree with the verdict. They did the right thing according to laws and our justice system.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mike in Chicago

    When will Nancy Grace get fired? She seems so interested in justice, then why is she on TV making millions of trailer trash, rather than serving the public in GA, seeking justice for victims? Although, I thought that C.A was guilty, I just see the evidence for 1st degree murder. The legal system won, con-artist like Nancy Grace lost! Give it up Nancy..Stop pretending that you care! You only whip up emotions to make your millions from trailer trash, who cannot rationalize for themselves! Is Nancy Grace fired yet?

    July 7, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • nosycat

      I guess that means your trailer is in Chicago. I don't watch Nancy Grace because she is such a drama queen. But if you have watched her, you would already know that she was a prosecuting attorney and left that position. Do like I do and change the channel if you don't like her.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Gena

      No wonder this woman will, no doubt, go free today. People like you can't utilize common sense along with evidence. The 2 had to go hand-in-hand in this trial, but the jury was full of simple-minded buffoons whose brains got sore from having to think. It's hard, isn't it?

      July 7, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • alexnden

      Agree. And I am tired of hearing people gush over her twins. She needs to go back to school to learn how to interview people. She never lets anyone finish a sentence.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. jt_flyer

    Time to leave this woman alone and get on with your life. Courts rule in this country not public opinion.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. Casey Anthony should be charge to maximum extent for wasting state's resources

    I will leave the judgement for those that are given "Not Guilty" verdict however much frustrating and sad it is. She has been proven GUILTY of lying to cops and thus causing the state to divert its force in looking for a missing body. Now law should deal a blow to her to create an example within legal system. She should be asked to pay to the state/town/locality for the resources spent in searching for the body when she knew exactly where she had dumped it. During those times, many of the real emergency needs of local people did not get responded because our cops were busy searching for the child's body. During all that time, Casey had the choice to speak the truth and let this case come to an end sooner. It is a flat out waste of our public services that are funded by our tax dollars. The money spent by state, searching for the body could have been saved if Casey had not lied to the police. She should pay for that. It is all within legal limits and all efforts should be there to make her life living hell as much a possible.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Bryan Micon

      And every politician should be charged for wasting $Trillions of tax dollars in the past decade.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |


    July 7, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  12. Casey's Next Boyfriend

    I'm SO gonna hit that.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jenny

    Saw the interview with Juror #3. I agree. A student at age 31. What has she been doing for the past 12 or 13 years?!? The interview just proved to me that they did not analyze the facts well enough. Seems that they did not understand the difference between Reasonable Doubt and Any Doubt…. The whole thing is disgusting. They thought she was guilty but they let her go. There was more evidence in this case than there was against Scott Peterson and as for "how" – How did Lacy Peterson die? No one knows. Where did Lacy Peterson die? No one knows for sure. What was the motive? He wanted his freedom. We know from the evidence (laundry bag, duct tape, Pooh blanket) that Caylee most likely died at the Anthony's home since that stuff was ALL linked to there. We know that Casey was having a GRAND time during those 31 days of being "free" from having a toddler to look after ~ and looking VERY happy at that same time. I just cannot believe that the jurors on this case can actually come forward and say they had to acquit her. I would guess that collectively the Scott Peterson jury outshines this group in the "intelligence" category. Glad one monster was put away!

    July 7, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      I'm not disputing your other points but what's with attacking someone for being a student especially if you don't know the details. My brother became a student in his 40's. What did he do in the meantime? Served in the Armed Forces of the U.S. (Now do you have a problem with what he was doing all that time?)

      Yes, I'm taking it personally.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. MichaelSD

    What gets me is the utter inconsistency of the law. In any similar case, for those who are poor, don't have a good lawyer, and don't have a father who used to work in the police, they'd be getting the death penalty easily.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. Hugo

    I wonder if we'll actually have sentencing today.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      I guess so. Here's comes.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
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