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. Spaceman

    4 yrs consecutive with 3 served would leave her with a credit

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

      wow....how do you do math???

      July 7, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. frank

    Amazing how Casey's look and hairstyle have changed from the trial to the sentencing hearing. Miss Prim and Proper with the ruffled shirts and hair in the "Little House on the Prairie" bun during the trial to a deep V-neck sweater and loose hair now. Nothing wrong with that for most people, I applaud it but it shows she is ready to start partying again! Probably will be at the bar with her defense team, across from the Courthhouse!

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

    Look at Ex-Gov Blagojevich. Look at OJ. Look at Robert Blake. Look at so many people who preceded her. Blagojevich didn't make it rich. OJ didn't. Blake didn't. There's still the chance she'll be found liable for Caylee's death like OJ and Blake. Throw in her accusations of Zanny and who knows how much she'll have to pay for the investigation. How long until she goes to one of her favorite bars and is jumped by someone, or gets in a fight, thrown out, etc? Heck... I think the only reason she was sentenced as heavy as she was is the judge wanted to protect her from the crowd by not having her walk out to be greeted by it. I think any punishment and costs assigned are more to quell the crowd than anything. "If the crowd feels she's not going to profit, they'll hopefully leave her alone and move on."

    July 7, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. Really!!

    This whole thing makes me sick – By convicting her of lying already proves that she had something to do with killing her daughter! Wake up people!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. Susan Blystone

    Somebody got to this jury. Twelve men and women cannot be this stupid. There has been no justice for lthis baby and I don't know how these jurors are going to be able to live with themselves. Thios woman is going to get pregnant again and have another baby and she will kill this baby too. When this happens all 12 jurors should be rounded up and thrown into jail because they will be just as guilty. We Americans cannot trust our judicial system any longer. How much money did these jurors get for letting this murderer go free????????

    July 7, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. Eric

    A 2 step process to winning acquittals:
    1. Keep the real true reasons to yourself (the motive becomes unclear or unknown to others)
    2. put the body outside exposed to the environment so it will decompose the point where the cause of death cannot be totally determined
    This trial has provided good insight for anyone thinking about killing someone.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. Proud North American

    We can speculate all we want but she was acquitted. We don't have any proof without a reasonable doubt. So we can say she is guilty but we don't know for sure. Our decision cannot only be based on emotion but fact

    July 7, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. Morgan

    Lawson Lamar is a bad tipper.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. kanisha

    I think it is so unfair that the jury has completely forgot about the justice of this innocent child......the little time that Casey Anthony do spend in jail which is not much AT ALL ...that she gets a whole different type of justice in jail!!!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dr Perry Fisher


    July 7, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. erich2112x

    Doesn't matter what the judge says, Sheriffs dpt could release her on good time credits tonight if they wanted.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • The system worked just fine TYVM

      Not when you're a political prisioner they won't.

      They're throwing a bone to the lynch mob.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. ShingoEX

    ...and it took him OVER FIVE MINUTES to say what a CNN headline can wrap up in 12 words. No wonder our judicial system is so screwed up.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. Today


    July 7, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  14. Big Game James

    A little plastic surgery, new hairstyle, a little ranch or house in the middle of nowhere. She could grocery shop, pay bills online. She wouldn't have to go out anywhere and worry about people trying to hurt her. However I don't think she has the character to become a homebody. But if she signs the right media deal she's set.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. kelly

    What's taking so long?? Is the defense trying to get her out of everything?

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