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. KimH

    I hope they shove her out the front door of the jail. Into traffic.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • yomomma

      Wow you really need to get a life!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Kristin

      KimH I love you, that was perfect. I hope there is a vigilante waiting for her outside the courtroom door.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      Hahaha. The driver vehicle that hits her can use her ""get out of jail free" card.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nana Egyir

    The responses of the PEOPLE VS. CASEY clearly is a conviction that concludes "WORDS ARE SPIRIT AND LIFE" and Casey Anthony is not free. Remember the people's voice of opinion towards Jesus, CRUCIFY HIM, was carried out. Again words are spirit and life.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      There is more evidence that Casey killed her daughter than there is evidence that a God exists. That argument means NOTHING.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      I agree with Chris. And faith has nothing to do with the murder of Caylee.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Derrique2

    It doesn't matter. She'll now constantly live in fear, because she's hated. Prison might have been more merciful.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Public

      If I were here I would tell them I wanted to stay in jail for another year so people aren't anywhere near as passionate and irate as they are now. When she gets out people are going to go nuts.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Franco

      Frear? That woman feras no one.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cathy

    This woman never spent one night in the FL prison system. At the very least, Casey should be sent to a FL prison to serve her remaining six days. She needs to spend time with her real peers!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. Charlie Snider

    I think that the prosecution did a great job and with that being said I did have a lot of problems with the case.

    The email searches they should of went with the original or at least brought it in.

    I know that the Mother could of done the searches and you had at least 3 nurses on the jury. Anyone could of toed on her work computer since it had a 5 hour window before shutting down and you can be anywhere and say your some place else in that line of work.

    Dr. G I have great respect for but should of opened the skull and could of determinded how it was originally laying since I'm sure the prosecution already knew that would be an issue with Mr Krunks testimony.

    I don't think the jury could look past the death penalty but they should have convicted on one of the lesser charges if they thought she was guilty but wasn't sure of what extinct.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Joy Lynskey

      Really good points here Charlie. However, it seems kind of pointless since the jury is just repeating over and over that the only reason that they had to free Casey is because they couldn't determine the cause of death. I believe Dr. G said something when confronted by the defense that Caylee 'didn't murder herself'. Which was really all that needs to be said. This crazy excuse of they didn't know HOW she died is absurd. I wonder how many people are sitting in jail right now for not 'reporting an accidental death' even. Many. Then I imagine all of those who are convicted for life, or even given death, without a body at all. Would have liked to be a really tough fly on a prison wall when that verdict was read.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • yomomma

      You make absolutely NO SENSE! They were unable to determine how this little girl died. That is a FACT! How do you know she was murdered if you don't know how she died? The only fact is she died. That doesn't mean she was murdered. So because other people have been put in prison wrongfully in the past you think that should continue!? Man do yourself a favor and smother yourself!

      July 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. of clear mind

    Ok people, lets tell it like it is and try to be smart about things. Firs, I wanna say Nancy Grace and the other bafoons on her show are idiots, they had her persecuted before any evidence even came out...

    Now you other folks, First I am not saying she is innocent, but she is not totally guilty either. I live in Florida, and the prosecution did a horrible job of proving anyone guilty, whether it was Casey or anyone else.

    Many of you Bloggers giver her credit for planning these grand schemes, doing this and that. Quite Frankly she is not that smart. She cant keep her lies straight, so there is no way she could have planned this alone. As you all could see, her family is a bunch of liars as well. There was more than just Casey in this case, wheter proven or not, we may never know.

    As far as me, I am not sure she is capable of killing her child. I do think something very bad happened and she as well as members of her family know what it was. The state of Florida did not prove a thing, the defense raised doubt and now she will walk. A definate tragedy occured, the meida speculated and was wrong, the media (Nancy Grace especailly) held court before any evidence was presented, and now the world is upset. It just goes to show how shallow and uneducated people are. Some people need to stop looking at the "Court of Public Opinion" and form their own opinions based on fact on not on "Yellow Journalism".

    In closing, Nancy Grace is a Hack, I would love to debate this case with her on air. That wont happen , because she doesnt let people of sound mind speak on her show!

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

      You said lets be smart about things and your very next word was Firs. There is an old saying that goes, it is better to keep your mouth shut and only appear to be unintelligent than to open it and remove all doubt!!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • FLMAN

      Totally Agree!

      July 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa Nelson

      You sound like Mason – arrogant.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Nancy Grace should have been disbarred years ago. She's be brought before the Georgia Supreme Court, and the 11 Circuit Court of Appeals for over-zealous actions as a prosecutor that went into the realm of misconduct. She has never apologized for her accusations against the members of the Duke Lacrosse team, she wrongfully accused the incorrect individual in the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping, and then had the nerve in an interview to try multiple times to push Elizabeth Smart to answer a question she clearly felt uncomfortable answering because it brought up too many emotions. It wouldn't necessary end her show (except the day time justice show), but it would discredit her.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      I really think that she did knock her out to keep her quiet and left her in the hot car. She forgot about her while she was up in bed with her boyfriend and she died. I could not believe how many kids die in hot cars in the US. Seems like every summer it's one right after another, kids die every day, and that is neglect, intentional or not.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • of clear mind

      Mark, excuse my typo, now argue the point I made, or was it to much for you to comprehend?

      Lisa, I am not arrogant, but you have to learn to seperate emotion from cases until all the facts have been laid out. I am a parent of 4, and I would hate for any of my children to suffer, whether it was drowning or suffication. But facts are what they are, the evidence did not add up, and the prosecution did not make its case.

      As far as the other responses, I thank you for your comments as they seemed relevant.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hugh G. Rection

    Hopefully, she will have a most unfortunate accident.

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

      That would be nice.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • yomomma

      Hopefully so will you.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. janmccal

    We got another OJ simpson here...hope some vigilante justice catches up with her. fancy lawyers can't get her out of the way of a bullet!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • yomomma

      But the authorities could now track you down for making threats via your IP address. See you soon!

      July 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jason

    The prosecution should be sitting in jail. What wastes they were!!!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. Randy

    In my opinion the investigation set the stage for this travesty. According to Crunk and records the body was in the swamp for months before anyone would be troubled enough to investigate. How much evidence was lost to mother nature in those months. If his first report had been investigated we my have a cause of death and a guilty verdict. I hope the police who would not get thier shoes dirty to investigate a possible body in close proxiimity to a missing childs home have a hard time sleeping at night .

    July 7, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • yomomma

      So this guy was the only guy to not only find the body once but twice!? Please. I wouldn't be surprised if he moved the body!

      July 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kay

    Karma will bite her in the ass. Look what happened to Johnnie Cochran and Robert Kardashian and even OJ after his trial. The first two are DEAD and OJ is back in jail where he should be. Karma's gonna get her too.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Caylee DID get justice

    And finally some justice for the political prisioner of the Nancy Grace mob.

    Let her go.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. CaseyLover


    July 7, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  14. Lone

    You all need to now move on and stop taking this so personally. 150,000 people around the world die every die, including hundreds of cute little girls. Just because the television is telling you this is an epic event and earth shattering tragedy, it is not.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Lone

      That should be "die every day"

      July 7, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      Yes, you're right. But a lot of people are upset about the injustice. And I don't think anyone is treating this like an earth shattering event.
      I wish more missing children got this much attention but most of them won't because they are not attractive little white girls.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • yomomma

      Oh you poor oppressed baby! The OJ case and Rodney King case didn't create a big news event did they? Throwing the race card out there just to throw it is a reason why race problems will NEVER go away in this country! Black people have more problems with White people then white people have with black people. We DON'T CARE anymore. Get over yourselves!

      July 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. revelation 6:8

    she was tried and not convicted by a jury of her peers, thats how the law works for everyone, there isnt anything anyone can do about that the law is the law, im not forming an opinion on guilt, or innocence, but its not anyones place to judge her, ultimatly she will meet her maker and if she is infact guilty she will pay the price, if she isnt guilty she isnt. the last thing we should be doing is judging someone on something we know nothing about

    July 7, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
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