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. Kate

    Hopefully they will order that any money paid to her for movies, interviews or book, would first be used to pay off the county and state for the cost of the search for her daughter, which she hindered in finding because of her lies. She shoudl not be able to profit for this terrible injustice. She will pay in the end as she faces her maker, but in the meantime, she'll be free to lie, cheat and have more children. Scary thought.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • kathy smith

      I would hope no one in America would pay any money for anything that Casey Anthony does. She got away with killing her daughter and should not profit on her daughters death. We all know she had something to do with the death of her daughter!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. crystal

    It makes me sick to my stomach that she got off! I have no faith in our justice system anymore! No we cannot prove how her baby died, but she changed her story so many times how can she not be guilty! She has always been hiding something and now she walks as a free killer on the streets. I hope she has her tubes tied because she should not be a mother.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Idiots

      Feel free to renounce your American citizenship and move to another country of your choosing. I'm SURE you'll find a justice system with more due process than ours. Moron.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      @Idiots... How is Crystal an idiot for coming to the conculsion that 90% of the country came to? Seems like you might be the type of idiot to hire Casey Anthony as a babysitter.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Think about what your saying!

      What's scary to me is that much of the US has an opinion like yours. You say "how can she not be guilty" and I agree, she sure acted like a guilty person. If we start convicting people because you think they are guilty even when it can't be proven I'd rather live elsewhere. In the US there is a presumption of innocence and you are not guilty until it's proven BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT. I think she probably did it but probably isn't good enough!

      July 7, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Never Debate

      Yes, the American legal system has failed. Therefore, the government must close GTMO. Terrorists and criminals must be punished. If the legal system cannot do that, then the terrorists and the criminals should be allowed to roam freely. Those who do not agree with me, please provide some justification for keeping them behind bars without trial. God bless America.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • florencia

      Thats why i love my country CANADA! God bless Canada eh!

      July 7, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Idiots

      Good one, Jessica, despite my post not stating anything about whether or not I agree with the verdict. You're another wizard!

      July 7, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jackie

    I heard she is pregnant at this very moment and thats why she was found not guilty. Maybe the judge will give her more jail time and something will happen 2 her behind guards backs

    July 7, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Thats stupid. She's been in prison for 3 years. She is not pregnant.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • DC603

      You really think a jury would find her not guilty because she's pregnant? Get real. They didn't find her guilty because the prosecution failed to make a case for first degree murder.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jim Weix, Palm City FL

    "Protesters are gathered outside and still angry with the not guilty verdict."
    They should be protesting the fact that the government and police lied. That is why she was found not guilty.
    The protesters are morons.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      Um yeah right . Maybe YOU should be investigated for child abuse since you think Anthony is innocent .

      July 7, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Never Debate

      john: So you are issuing your verdict on your own against somebody. That would be an ideal legal system to be proud of. This is something similar to the Saudi/Iranian/Taliban religious police, take action based on whatever the man on the street thinks is appropriate. Good job America, you are following a good example.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff O

    Juror #3 is confused. She didn't get sick to her stomach at the verdict, she got sick due to all the food her and her family ate at disneyworld yesterday as ABC provided a no cost trip for her family... and got an exclusive interview

    July 7, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Omar Ghaddafi

      I need to reach the jury, does anyone know how I can contact them for my tribunal at the hague?

      July 7, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. jackie

    what angers me is how everyone is saying the jurors are stupid and didnt know what they were doing. yes they did. they followed the law. they did by law what they had to do. i am not saying i dont believe she did it, i do. but the state had no case and they know it. this is why they want to get their money back. it was the states job to show proof that she killed her. they didnt do that. no dna no nothing. the defense on the other hand. they did their job. reasonable doubt and it worked. she will be a free woman to make millions off her story. but dont blame the jury for doing their job. you would have done the same thing. i hope none of you get into trouble and have to go to trial. and if you do...i hope the jury convicts you even if its for spitting on the sidewalk. judgemental people in this world. thats why its so crazy like it is.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • DC603


      July 7, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Marmoset

      EXACTLY, thank you! Maybe she did do it, but without CONCRETE proof (DNA, a witness, etc.) the jury had to let her off the hook. Everyone needs to stop letting their emotions get in the way and look at the facts.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • sha

      Jackie shut up, just shut up if it was your child that she killed and the jury found her not guilty you would want to kill her youself, maybe you are not a mother and know what it feels like.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • DC603

      sha – I'm a mother and I'd be flippin' furious if she wasn't found guilty. And you know who I'd be flippin' furious at? The prosecution for not presenting a case with actual evidence.

      You can't convict people based on emotion.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Marmoset

      Sha, I think YOU should shut up. What if you were on trial for murder and it really, really, REALLLY looked like you didn't do it, but everyone thought you did? And what if there was no DNA and no witness to tie you to the crime, but because the jury and everyone watching just really "felt" like you were a murderer, they threw you in jail for the rest of your life? How would you feel then?

      July 7, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • tjk

      Jackie.. I completely agree.. reading this jury slandering is terrible.. They did the right thing.. The only guilty one was the prosecution and maybe the citizens of Florida need to pay attn to who they put in those positions.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. BevoTexas

    Enough is enough! Hurry this up so she can have her spread in Playboy!!

    July 7, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • John McClane

      You just can't wait to pull your pud, can you?

      July 7, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. fronco 123

    She has her hair down and she is ready to party tonight. and thinking about all that cash she will get for killing her kid.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. Alexandra

    Huge numbers of children go missing every year. This situation cannot be changed now. So stop pretending this is the first time this has happened and get on with your lives. If you want to make a real contribution, get off your computer and turn off the tv and go volunteer. Honestly, this country needs to get its priorities straight.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Deborah

      Agreed. Caylee is not the first, nor the last to be mistreated, and lost to a cruel fate. Can more be done to prevent it in the first place.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Jess

      Thank you. I completely agree.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Justin

    I find it funny everyone is freaking out about this case. If Casey wasn't attractive and her daughter super adorable, no one would give a damn and it wouldn't have ever made it to CNN.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Name*martena

      Things likevher need to find a dark ally if u know what I mean. And omg is she really prago? Should be one of the rules she should have is no more kidds. Why is mothers like that that get to reperduce all the time.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. juan

    In texas we do things alot different... If this trial would of been held here she would be frying right now.... Although there was no evidence to show she didnt kill her daughter why wait 31 days to sap shes missing...And to make matters worse she was at the club partying while her dead daughter lays in the woods in a trash bag tied up with duck tape....Its ok Casey not even GOD can save you now

    July 7, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • DC603

      Oh, so in Texas the jurors would come to a guilty verdict based on emotion and gut-instinct instead of evidence?

      July 7, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • juan

      DC603- plenty to show she murdered her daughter but hey this is what happens when you put women on a jury their emotions take over...They don't want the blood of a guilty woman on their hands

      July 7, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Texan by birth

      Well I live in Texas and I wouldn't have convicted her! The evidence just wasn't enough in my opinion. I know this isn't a popular opinion but I really can't change the facts to get the end result I'd like to have. She's been acquitted, can everyone let this go? It's a tragedy but the jury has rendered it's verdict and it's time to let this sad family try to move forward and create a life. Will Casey benefit financially? Probably, but you can choose if you want to buy her book, watch her movie etc.....

      July 7, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • DC603

      Juan, do you know anything about our judicial system?
      They didn't need to prove she murdered her daughter, they need to prove she murdered her daughter in the first degree. Which means premeditated murder. Since the prosecution admitted they didn't know when or how Caylee was killed, they had a tough time proving that this was premeditated.

      No one's saying Casey wasn't involved; they're saying that without actual evidence for Murder One charges, there was nothing to convict her on.

      I'd love to know what evidence you speak of that makes her guilty of first degree murder. Lying? That certainly doesn't help her cause, but how does that prove murder? The burden was on the prosecutor to prove that this was premeditated murder beyond a reasonable doubt, but they didn't. End of story.

      How does your legal system work in Texas? Oh, that's right. The same way.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • in response to juan

      even if you were in texas. the evidence didnt prove a thing. so our justice system is the same in each state and city, town and village. its no different. so what you are saying is that texas no matter if the evidence proves you didnt do it, you are guilty and should burn. please how everyone is saying the jury is stupid. that was a stupid comment. texas isnt like that. they wont burn you cause they feel you are guilty.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • juan

      Its called common sense....But like this is what i love about america and how messed up it is Casey will die once she is released point blank simple as that...Her lawyer said it him self He is terrified for her life when she is let out of jail.....Why are we worried about casey any ways we need to be worried about these new bombs terrorist are making and that their finding ways to get those here

      July 7, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • DC603

      Juan – Common sense is not the same thing as evidence, and in a court of law, you need evidence to convict.

      Perhaps the prosecution should have used 'common sense' and either lessened the charged to involuntary manslaughter or waited until they had gathered more evidence before coming forth with murder one charges.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jenny

    @Hugo. That is great for your brother. Perhaps I should have been more specific. Judging her by her interview – she did not come across as a scholar.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. Name*ronda

    Im sick to my stomack to know she got away with something this horrible, im hurt for that baby girl, i would never do anything to my own child shes a monster and should be hung.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  14. No justice

    The same fools who sit here defending Casey will be the same ones to buy her books and movies and make her rich off murder!! Shame on you!!

    July 7, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • DC603

      I don't see anyone defending Casey, and I don't see anyone here who says they DON'T think she's not involved SOMEHOW.

      Saying that the prosecution did a terrible job (which they did) and that the jurors made the right decision based on the evidence presented (which they did) does not mean I defend Casey. It means that the prosecution could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that this was premeditated murder. The burden was on them to prove it, and they didn't. They freely admitted they didn't know how Caylee died or when Caylee died, and it's pretty hard to prove that a murder was premeditated when you don't have those facts.

      I think a lot of people are upset because they don't understand how the justice system works; they felt if she couldn't have been convicted of first degree murder, she should have been convicted of SOMETHING. That's now how it works; they can only convict based on the charges brought against Casey. Perhaps if the prosecution had gone for involuntary manslaughter, which as a far different burden of proof, the prosecution would have been successful.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. Rhonda

    I strongly disagree with the verdict just like most of America & we should all pull together & not let this child abuser profit off of killing her daughter!! I say do not buy or watch anything that Casey has been paid for!!! This is America let's pull together!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • to rhonda

      here is the problem with that rhonda. our world today is so infested with reality tv and how we want to see and hear and see everything. like when people slow down at a traffic accident cause they are rubber necking to see whats going on. this is why she will make money. if oj had his book published...he would have made millions off of it. people want to know what is going on. why someone did something. we are so involved in other peoples business and not in our own. that is why our children are so out of control these days. we want them to have the things we didnt. but to lie for your chld and ugh...its a sad world we live in today

      July 7, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
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