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. sherry from ky.

    Why couldn't Cassie have been charged with not reporting this Shouldn't that have gotten her some jail time, According to the defense's claim the accidental drowning Cassie was in position of the dead body was wasn't there a charge for this. Cassie should have been charged with the disapearence of a corps. If she felt George had something to with it then Cassie should file charges against him. Just looking for answers and closure. Thank You

    July 7, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve851

      I am a lawyer but not a Florida lawyer. All states have homicide charges that could have been filed against her, like reckless or negligent homicide, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, etc. The elements of these crimes would have been easier to prove because none require true intent. Any of these would have found a better reception with the jury, and the first two would have to some extent been supported by the defense's position. The prosecution, however, was so influenced by the mob that it went with charges that were too hard to prove.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Fry


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

    July 13 Release – Surprize.Surprize

    July 7, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. Casey Anthony Juror

    Well, you know, we all just figured that it was really plain to see that there was no murder here at all. What happened wuz that little Caylee wrapped herself up in garbage bags and jumped into that there swamp just before she committed suicide. NOT GUILTY!

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

    I understand everyone is upset by the outcome of this trial but if there's not enough evidence, you can't find someone guilty on emotions alone. I agree with the jury, there was not enough evidence to convict.

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

      Look up the legal definition of "beyond a reasonable doubt" my dear...

      July 7, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Bella

      The child went missing in her care. Last one to see child. Did not report child missing. Lied repeatedly about how child went missing and who (if anyone) she gave child too. Sent text messages to boyfriend saying that "Soon nothing would be able to keep her from spending all her time/nights with him." Was person driving car with traces of decomposition and choloroform in it and then abandoned car, garbage bags came from home, duct tape came from home, sticker on duct tape on child's mouth came from home, got in the way of police investigation of disappearance due to repeated lies, looked up information on neck breaking and choloroform on family computer, partied and got Good Life tattoo after child was missing/dead, made it known to friends and boyfriends that she was tired of child interfering with social life, resented parents who showered child with love (jealously). That not enough evidence for you?

      July 7, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. kika

    she is the most hated woman right now. One thing that must be understood is the so called "love" she had for her daughter. All the tears she shed don't mean a thing. All the pictures probably her parents took of them together don't mean anything at all. It just means the family like taking pictures. I rarely take pics or have videos. Does that mean I don't love my children? Everyone who read this, do not buy her book or when they make a movie about it because she will profit.!
    Justice must be served and must prevail! The truth sooner or later will come out!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. katie

    Good, I'm glad she's getting released Wednesday while people's emotions are still high, hopefully someone will assasinate her a$$.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Feather

      And then hire her lawyer....walk away free!!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. Nick

    She is not guilty ! She doesn't remember which game she played that day !

    July 7, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. Chandra Toronto Canada

    My question is if Casey did,nt kill her daughter,who did it that,s what the world wants to know.
    I am a mother of three boys and it they are in my care and any thing happens to them i am to blame.
    So as Casey not her mother and Father oh the pain she caused on them shame,i do feel a great deal of sadness for that angel Caylie she is with the angels.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • correction

      My question is, if Casey didn't kill her daughter, who did? That's what the world wants to know.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  10. urnotdave

    So she doesn't have to serve the sentence that she got for Check Fraud? Sounds like EVERYONE including Orange County forgot that 412 days were counted for that http://articles.cnn.com/2010-01-25/justice/florida.casey.anthony.court_1_george-and-cindy-anthony-caylee-check-fraud?_s=PM:CRIME So she would still have at least 2 years left to serve.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. hmmm

    I would bet that she is being released tonight but they are saying the 13th so she can beat it out of town before the linch mobb gets at her. Too bad she and her father didn't show the same protection to Caylee's body

    July 7, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. OJ Simpson

    Casey baby, don't worry about what all the haters are saying. You're home free... Give me a call sometime and we'll compare notes.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • hmmm

      hahah...too funny

      July 7, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Today

    7/13/2011 Doomsday

    July 7, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. getalifepeople

    Time to get ready for another hot body contest. yeha!!!!..jello shots here she comes.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. HH

    The courts do what they do...Casey knows if no one else does what caused Caylees' death she will have to live with the 31 days the duct tape and all the lies...the moment she benefits monetarily from this the dreams will worsen….deeds not words are the judge of men.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
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