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. Name*connie

    We all know that she's guilty,but she gotten away with it.The prosecution should have done their homework before going into court laughing at the defence.Now who has the last laugh.

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

      as if you would have done better
      what a laugh

      July 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • RealTime

      Blaming the prosecution for the actions of idioits on jury is stupid. You must be one of the jurors.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda Whited

      Again, RealTime, I believe the same as you.

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

      Given the details of the case I would agree it's probably safe to assume the prosecutuion did not do a very good job. I mean come on! Who doesn't report there kid missing for over 30 days & is out partying? Traces of choloroform & rotten corpse in her abandoned car! Not Guilty my @#!! ..........and yes maybe the jurors were a bunch of dimwits waiting for the CSI smoking gun.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Vince

    Yeah....ummm...just to clarify...some people seem to be confused. For those ignoramuses out there, "not guilty" and "innocent" are NOT synonymous.

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

      They are the same thing check it in the book of law, oh yea you probably work in a grocery store so never mind

      July 7, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • ibebubba

      In English: not guilty; is equal to guiltless, is equal to innocent or in the words of Dictionary.com, "free from legal or specific wrong; guiltless: innocent of the crime."

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

      You guys cannot be serious...in plain terms, yes, they mean the same thing. But not in court. Not guilty means there was insufficient evidence for a conviction. Innocent means they are cleared through evidence, usually following with a different suspect being convicted. Basically, not guilty means there was a lack of evidence to prove guilty, and innocent means there was sufficient evidence for the defendant to be called innocent.

      And I don't work in a grocery store, although there is nothing wrong with that. Also, I'm only 18 so having a job in a grocery store is actually a typical part-time job for people my age. I work at a college, thank you very much, and am also a cook at a restaurant. If you have any more clueless insults, let me know.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vince

      *defendant to be cleared of involvement.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • ibebubba

      Good, Vince. If you don't like the English dictionary, just rewrite it. If "not guilty" means "not proven" then why have a double jeporady? I hate to burst your bubble but Casey and OJ are innocent of murder, ie. "Not Guilty"

      July 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vince

      OK, I'm not good at explaining things to inbreds, so just read it from a lawyers perspective http://hwlawfirm.blogspot.com/2007/11/not-guilty-vs-innocent.html

      July 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vince

      Bottom line, there wasn't enough evidence to prove beyond reasonable doubt (which led to the not guilty verdict). That by no means classifies her as innocent.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. OU812IC

    My brother owns a bar in Miami
    He already has come out with the Chloroform Martini, & Beautiful Life Galiano on the rocks & Baby Killer Martini made of Grey Goose Vodka with little baby shaped olives floating inside
    The Chlorophil Martini for Mom
    The Daughter Banger on the rocks or straight up for dad
    Tequila shots called Bozo Biaz's
    Skull Mover for the Meterman
    We suck might as well get drunk for the prosecution which is just a concoction of all the cheap booze poured in a glass

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

      what a hole
      crime captial of the world

      July 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • RealTime

      You're clearly the product of inbreeding retards.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • OU812IC

      At Realtime
      Yeah and what do you do. My brother makes more in a month than you'll make in your life. I am 52 and have not worked a day since my early 20's don't have to made millions and now live in the beautiful Northwest, with a home in Miami, a home in Mulege Mexico and travel the world. Thats whats beautiful about America come here, conquer, make millions quick and get out(and of course don't get caught) and then live high on the hog off the American Working class lemmings, kind of like a politician. Bella Vita Baby

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

      haha you are absurd my friend...and a total troll

      July 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DugB

    The look on her face reminds me of a certain Richard Gere/Ed Norton movie.

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

      I remember that movie, but have forgotten the name of it. That look on her face was chilling and unbelievable. And the fact that she got away with this still paralyzes me. I wonder if the jury is watching these scenes and regretting the verdict they arrived at. I've been on two juries myself, and I can tell you that we went over ALL THE EVIDENCE before reaching a verdict. It took much longer than the time they spent on this oh-so-tragic case. It was if they were in a hurry to get back home. In addition, their comment about not enough evidence from the prosecution baffles me completely. What in the world did they think was presented to them!!!! This travesty of justice makes me question the ability of our citizens to use logic and render verdicts that arrive at legitimate justice. What would the jurors think if this evil individual is released into their community in Pinellas County?!

      July 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. grandmother

    Is it safe to bring my children and grandchildren to Florida on vacation, since we have a child murderer back on the streets. Maybe not I think a lot of people should consider else where for there vacation. I am changing my plans, and if you look at the statics, a lot of crime with children in Florida now we know why there is no justice system. So no I will not risk my children and grandchildren not even for a week

    July 7, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spike5

      Are you really serious? Do you think Casey Anthony is going to be targeting tourists' children now that she got off? What planet do you live on?

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

      Ummm grandmother not to down play how you feel, but you must understand that when you step outside your house you have to worry about your kids. Trust me when I say the world is not anymore dangerous than it was before she is released. Honestly if you really feel this way you should just not leave the house at all and lock up your kids for good. Just a thought.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hey Grandma

      Be thankful that you at least know what THIS one looks like. It's the ones you DON'T know about and who haven't been caught that you need to worry about...and they are not solely contained in Florida. They could be your next door neighbor...

      July 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • drbasic

      ummm are you really that simple minded?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. @CarlosGil83

    Casey Anthony will be released on July 13, 2011 - Quoting Mr. Antoine Dodson "Hide your kids, hide your wife. And hide your husband"

    July 7, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Summer819

    Couldn't even find her guilty of child neglect, which seems as blatantly obvious as the nose on that liar's face.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • RealTime

      The jury needs to be evaluated for mental illness.

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

    In a word? DISGUSTING.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Maria

    she better go into hiding on July 13 because everyone hates her. Karma will get her and one day she will get what she deserves.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • drbasic

      refrain from using the word "everyone". Speak for yourself only.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bob

    People... MOVE ON. Jury found her NOT GUILTY! Whether I believe (or you believe) she is guilty doesn't matter! There needs to be the right kind of evidence to convinct someone and sentance to death. While I do believe Casey is guilty of MANY things when it comes to being a parent, after following this case, I couldn't find solid evidence either. Killed her daughter because she wanted to party? That was the best the prosecution could do? The MOTHER of Casey searching Chloroform? How many more people should we wrongly convict to prison or death based on lack of evidence. If Casey did indeed kill her daughter, she may dodge jail and a lethal dose of sodium penathol; but her soul and her conscience will be doomed forever! For now, I have to agree with WHY the jury came up with their decision, and I respect that. You should too! No doubt this family is F****** crazy, but you can't convict someone to death based on being a nut job- unless you have EVIDENCE THEY ACTUALLY DID IT.

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

    What I see is a flawed jury system. Think about this what would bring more money to a jury member a guilty or a not guilty verdict? We have one asking already for $50,000.00 and the one today on GMA didn't look all too bright and it was said last night that ABC had given them money or incentives for appearing. They saw a cash advantage by getting on this jury, they made a decision way to soon for a crime this serious because they want money. I don't believe justice was served. A mother who has custody of her child and the child is in her care should have at least been guilty of child abuse or neglect regardless of the evidence when the child shows up dead. What about Scott Peterson and the young girl that won't tell anyone where her son is. She is in jail and he is on death row for less evidence then we had in this case. We need a new system this is not working. New law no one benefits from any crime they have been charged with regardless of the outcome, or an juror chosen to be on the panel.

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

    Plenty of people are in prison because of a witness's testimony, not EVIDENCE. Are people too stupid these days to put two and two together?

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

    ‎"That it is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer, is a Maxim that has been long and generally approved." – Ben Franklin Welcome home Casey! Free at last!

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

      So explain who freeing guilty killers like Casey Anthony will free ANYONE who has been wrongly convicted? You can't. Because your claim is idiotic nonsense.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BikerBabe 53

    My "So damn Funny" was meant for the comment made by PHinMiami

    July 7, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. But Wait...

    Even though we know the truth and so do the jurors (just wasn't proven in court) BUT, If your dead child is found in a bag in the woods with tape around their face but you said you had talked to her on the phone during the search then later admitted that was a lie...but your defense is that actually their was an accidental drowning ..so apparently YOU must be the one to dispose of the body (after the accidental drowning)...aren't you guilty of other things like the crime of not reporting a death to authorities and possession of a dead body or disposing of a dead corpse without a license?? Couldn't these other charges or more serious offenses have been filed even if Capital One Murder couldn't be proven? I know it's over with now but I was curious about this.

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

      They would need new proof that any of these things happened, even then it would be hard to avoid the double jeaopardy clause because essentially you would be charging her with crimes against Caylee. Probably doable by some prosecution, but it's unlikely they will try unless something new comes forward that is indisputable.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      You would think that she should be open to new charges based on her version of events.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
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