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. Keith

    Why cant we just put her on a lie detector test, wouldnt that clear up everything?

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

      Not admissible in court.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • bill

      Lie detectors are not 100% accurate and in most cases the results of a lie detector test are not able to be used in a court of law.....

      July 7, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      And when she refuses to answer, what will that fancy lie detector be good for?

      July 7, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. jedit61

    Casey Anthony may have killed her kid but Nancy Grace is a disgrace.

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

      Nancy Grace has invested 3 years of her life in Caylee – that's WAYYYYY more time than Casey ever invested in her.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. damnufools


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

    The dad nkilled caylee because it s his baby, he had it with casey

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

    Classic picture on the CNN home page of Ms. Anthony – she looks completely insane!! see all of you at the jail exit on July 13!!

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

    I would totally still tap that....hope she gets conjugal visits.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. Susan McGowan

    beyond disgusting!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. mo

    is she going to sell her regardless of jail time

    July 7, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. Disguste

    It just makes me so sick that people on here are even defending her when they themselves don't even know if she did it or not. In my mind, accident or no accident, if your daughter is missing for over a month and you are out partying you are a sick puppy who deserves to get spayed. If my daughter was missing or I already knew she was dead I wouldn't be able to eat, sleep, think anything let alone party. It should have to be a condition of her release that she cannot have any kids in the future. Either tubal litigation or automatic adoption so that another innocent life doesn't interfere with her "ME" time....SMDH just sad

    July 7, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mrbraddyboy


    Well look at the brite side.... the tax payers dont have to support this b###h while shes in jail.. Now she has to live with it all and her parents. THis isn't the best system – who are we kidding , ourselves ?

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

    Talk about the saying........Getting away with murder....a perfect example....

    July 7, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      No a perfect example would be someone who actually committed murder getting away with it.

      With Casey we have a person who was accused of murder but not convicted or even proved that she did it

      July 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sandy

    I just hope as much attention is paid to the Zara Baker Trail whenever they finally charge her step mother and father!! For anyone that doesnt know this little girl had cancer and her leg amputated. Went missing for over a months before she was reported missing by parents. No one has been charged!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. Macy

    it really doesn't matter now..she will go free...the deal is...shouldn't we sterilize her first...i'm just saying! Really though what kind of life is she going back to? she accused her whole family of incest. they are all going to have a long road ahead of them to even be a family. I am just in shock that no one cared she was the last one in care, control and custody of what is now a dead child...she should have been responisble for neglect or something..i am still not sure we shouldn't make her tell the truth now...since we can't retry her ..double jeopardy!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. Christine

    Although I am uncomfortable with the outcome of this case, I feel the jury made the correct decision. The outcome would have been different if the charges were different. Let's try to help the children who can still be saved instead of spending all of our energy on a child who can"t be helped. There are many out there who need us.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. Kay

    Where's that NAVY SEAL TEAM that took out Bin Laden? Maybe they are up for another job?

    July 7, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Pablo

      I hope you're not alleging to compare a mass murderer with someone that was acquitted?

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

      You're right Pablo. It costs money, and we're just talking about a little girl no one would miss, anyhow.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pablo

      Plenty of people already miss her, and making a stupid statement like "send the Navy SEALs" to kill her wouldn't make them miss her any less.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
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