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.

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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. DoubleTap

    she's hot- I'd tap her in a blink of an eye- anybody have her number?

    July 7, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      Yup, she's the perfect girl for you. Two low-life's.. Tap?? really? You sure you're a man? I think you must be about 16-18 years old with the genital size of a toddler..

      July 7, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • slipery

      She might be able to get a jail mate in there for a triple. Yaaaaaa

      July 7, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. KIM

    Wow the juror said they couldn't convict her because no cause of death was determined....Kudos to the Scott Peterson jury for convicting him with no cause of death for Laci. Just good old common sense. Lets see doesn't report her baby missing, out parting while her baby is missing and body found tossed in the woods like trash right down the street from her home.....if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck.....

    July 7, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      ...there's apparently reasonable doubt that it's actually a duck.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • TymeKyller

      If it looks like a duck and quakes like a duck?? How old are you?

      It is 2011, I assure you I could make something look like a duck and quake like a duck but bite your head off when you are not looking...
      You live life thinking like that and the assumption you have of a duck will come back to bite you!

      Those old analogies are for the dead! It's 2011 not 1950

      July 7, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. Chrissy

    Will George & Cindy Anthony file a wrongful death suit?

    July 7, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. a disgrace

    in a failing leaderless america murder pays big! one of the few growth industries!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. Wanda

    It is hard for me to believe she was not found guilty. I am just sick. Such a cute little girl dead for no reason.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. Paul

    Juror #3 comments are always with a smile/smirk on her face during the interviews. No emotion. Really? And I can't even begin to describe my feelings about that ignorant/conspiracy obsessed juror, #14. A complete freak. He had barely left the courthouse before he was giving a dozen interviews.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. iwannaknow

    come on people!!! SUBTRACT!!!!!!!!!!! four years minus time served and good behaviour = freedom or close to it!!!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |

    JULY 13TH 2011!! thats next week! im happy for her!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. Courtney

    If this justice system was ran the most people would want it ran (by public opinion), it would be extremely easy to set an innocent person up for a crime.

    This case reminds me of the movie "12 Angry Men." I think everyone should watch it. It shows WHY our justice system is the way it is and WHY it shouldn't be any other way.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Courtney

      *ran the way

      Sorry for the typo.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Rick01

    I guess you want to get her pregnant too? And have your baby mysteriously disappear.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. BDK

    Nancy Grace = Tabloid Death Hag

    July 7, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. Deep North

    She has done 3 years for a 1 year sentence. Concurrent time means 1 year of jail time for all 4 years sentence. They owe her!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. Melissa


    July 7, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam


      July 7, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      I can't get the sick feeling out of my stomach. Why didn't they at least get her for Child abuse or neglect just for the fact that she neglected Calee for not reporting her missing for so long?

      July 7, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • chris hill

      What is this juror #3 talking about??? Did these jurors not understand what they were doing??? She said she was not innocent but you can't convict if you don't have cause of death or know who was with her when she died??? I don't think they knew that you can infer if she was found in a swamp she didn't die of natural causes and if you look at the totality of the evidence you can infer a crime was committed!!!! Did she really say there was no evidence any crime was committed even though they all believed she was guilty???????? She admitted she knew she was dead!!!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. Casey Anthony Juror

    Yeah, we all know that Casey is guilty but we didn't like that Aston feller cuz he was kind of uppity. We really did like the defense attorneys though cuz they said that we was smart. NOT GUILTY!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • BikerBabe 53

      You weren't a juror...you're to stupid to be on a jury!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. The TRUTH

    Can't the judge see, she has a PARTY !!!!! to go to.... look at her face !!!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
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