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. What Now?

    1) Don't worry about how she'll pay all the fines and reimbursements. She'll just write a check - she's good at that.

    2) The jurors clearly didn't understand the leeway they had within "reasonable doubt". My theory is the two experienced jurors stayed firm on what they perceived as "the law". Perceived as "experts", the rest of the lemmings didn't challenge them.

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

      She will pay by the fact that a good percentage of Americans know her by sight from all the coverage and a good percentage of those Americans despise her.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. damnufools

    A Lot of people in this country get far less than 4 yrs for manslaughter so what is everyones problem? No body ever proved shje murdered her daughter... Only One Person made a career out of saying it & calling her "totmom". She is the one who should go away!!!

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

      All murderers should go free, and all annoying TV personalities should get the death penalty. This is America, dammit! If you can't prove beyond a doubt you were born here, go back to your own country! Except you white chicks. You can stay.

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

      they must have cloned you for the jury – Only a dumba$$ can't think for themselves

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

      I couldn't agree with you more... AMEN...The ones that NEED to be prosecuted are the IDIOTS from HLN (NG, JVM, DD, & ALL ) who tried this case in the media & thought THEY should be judge & jury...

      July 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. abhi


    July 7, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. Susan McGowan

    If she wrote a bad check she would have received more jail time!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. tiffany

    I'm outraged she's going free for killing that beautiful baby while people who steal spend more time in jail. This is what's wrong with the world!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. JJ

    Good for her! She should walk out of jail, turn around for the cameras and give Nancy Grace, Jane Velez and all the other CNN Mushroom Hairdo Shrill Gaggle b1tches the DOUBLE finger.

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

      TOTALLY AGREE!!!!!

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

      well said

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

      Good for her???? Are you out of your mind ??

      July 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • flaguy

      I WOULD LOVE TO SEE HER DO THAT !!!... I'd PAY to see her do it...Someone needs to.. Hey, that's freedom of speech right... Let's see HelmetHead complain about that then go cry about FIRST AMMEND...

      July 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. PJ

    Nice baby commercial played before this video. Sick and twisted

    July 7, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bob1

    Most of us know she's guilty......and that the system failed to pin her down due of lack of evidence – however, what goes around, comes around.......remember O.J.?

    July 7, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. Fritfrat

    Interesting experiment... Take the Florida jurors and sequestor them in a house in Buffalo this winter before a major snowfall at night. When they awake the next morning with snow on the ground (not having seen it actually snow), ask them if they are sure beyond a reasonable doubt that it snowed, given they did not actually see it snow. Bet they say NO.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DwayneL

    Our justice system fails yet again! This murderer should be executed or imprisoned.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ugh

    This is the slowest verdict in the history of mankind. Have anyone made the observation that fat people talk slow, walk slow, move slow, take a shower slow.... but yet when it comes down to finishing a bag of potatoes chip – they do it so fast.... How do they do it? Maybe the court should have dangle a few bag of Doritos in front of Judge Be. Perry

    July 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. nancy

    Now that this travesty of a trial is over, if Casey Anthony is not guilty(and we all know she is), will the investigation continue so that we can find the REAL KILLER??? I would appreciate if someone could answer this question. Let's not forget there is a little girl who was murdered!!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kerri

    Can't believe it

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

    I don't necessarily think that comments on these blogs should go through filters for content or profanity, but if you are unable to type a normal sentence and use regular grammar and punctuation, or, if you type in all capitals....your idioticassed posts should not be printed. Grow the F up and use the skills you've developed over your lifetime to communicate.

    Now, on to Casey. Casey probably killed her daughter or was involved with someone else in the killing and disposal of her body. Whatever that child's fate was is nightmarish and we have to be careful that it does not destroy our faith that right will prevail. At some point, it will prevail.

    Casey is soaked in sin and its very likely that she's psychotic as a result of the maniacal life that has been her lot, but....she's been adjudicated not guilty and the world needs to live with that finding. Time will render her, one way or another, and when this is all over and the media is focused on the "next big thing", I hope this girl will slip into obscurity and from the public eye. I know and love the joys of being a parent to two beautiful daughers and personally, I feel great pity for her. No one in their right mind would choose what she has selected.+

    July 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just like the juice

      Jon, in your comment "Grow the F up" the F shouldn't be capitalized as it isnt a legal abbreviation. Well done hypocrite.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Susan McGowan

    Interesting, found not guilty by a jury of her peers–goes to show you who she hangs out with!!

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