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. Robin

    I am happy for Casey, and I hope that she makes a lot of money from her incredible story.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      Yeah, and if she gets a movie deal, she can play herself. You know, the doting mother who was so concerned about her daughter being missing.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lovesweekends

    Is this a lie or the truth? You never know when it comes to Florida

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

      . . . or Texas!

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

    Sooooo......will she at least be transferred to GENERAL POPULATION starting TODAY???????

    July 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hannay

    Not guilty and released soon. Deal with it suckers! The system worked just fine.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • la, La, La

      I agree!

      July 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Robert

    Maybe we should start looking for the body of Calee's father? Just sayin.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mer


      July 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thought

      Odds are he'll surface when he realizes he can win millions in a wrongful death suit and doesn't have to pay child support.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. michelle

    who puts duct tape around the mouth of a little girl who supposedly drowned? the jurors really messed this one up

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

      Funeral homes stick things in "holes" so mess won't come out. Maybe that is why they did that.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Try Again


    "because she KILLED a BABY idiot."

    Oh, the importance of that comma...

    (sorry for repeats... reply function broken)

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


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

    At this point, the sooner the better because that means she'll be able to feel the neverending wrath of society and wish she'd been sent to prison. I have a feeling she's going to find out that being freed is going to be a worse sentence than being found guilty.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • drbasic

      It is exactly a remark like that which has ruined society.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dave S.

    Not sure why it's so difficult to determine how long she has served. Say, for example only, she went into Jail on July 1, 2008 wouldn't that mean she had served 3 years and 6+ days at this point? Even if they had to figure out what to credit for "good behavior" isn't there some set formula for that?

    July 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Robin

    She's not going to last very long.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Linda

    All adjudged not guilty should than be made to pay all investigative costs ! This entire proceeding has become a 9 ring circus with the "stars" of HLN leading the circle.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jack

    the baby died on her watch, Caylee did not walk to the swamp nor get in to those bags by herself

    July 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hannay

      That lil swamp monster couldn't swim. It's her own fault.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chell

    Ive been somewhat watching this case and I think she had something to do with killing her baby but a jury of her peers said she didnt. Only she knows what she did and she has to deal with that every day of her remaining life. And I have a feeling people will never let her forget that helpless child.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. NG SUX

    How much did Nancy Grace make on this trial and how the hell is it any different than if Casey does?

    July 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • RealTime

      Only morons are focused on Nancy Grace, while ignoring a dead child and the murderer that killed her.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda Whited

      I agree with you Real Time.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • whitney

      um it's different because Nancy Grace DIDN"T kill caylee and casey did. duh

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