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. Eddie gutierrez

    Just like to say that the one (god) is the one who is going to punish casey anthony for the crime of her dauther and is not going to be a jury or defence lawers next to her.

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

      if that mindset gets you through the day so be it. fact of the matter is she got off, and there's no punishment comming.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Megan

    SO, CAN ANYONE ANSWER THIS QUESTION, WHO KILLED BEAUTIFUL CAYLEE MARIE!!????? WHO WHO WHO! THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO JUSTICE FOR THAT INNOCENT CHILD!!!!! Casey is Jus like BinLaden in my book...she better go run & hide in a hole in mountain like that coward!

    July 7, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • spiralbrain

      The amount of bloodlust being posted to the forums is sickening (but its being fueled by the media so no surprise there). We dont know who killed Caylee. What we do know was that the evidence didn't stack up that Casey killed her. Whether you think she is guilty or not the justice system, built on democracy, worked.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • CorpGreedSux

      most on this board screaming for her release dont care Megan – I am NOT on of them – there are many of this board that demonstrate why America is in moral decline – they hate hearing that and certainly won't evaluate their thoughts and opinions in regard to that as they think they are perfect – arrogance of the 30 something and below crowd is epedemic in this country

      July 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chrissie

      @spiralbrain, I have to totally agree with you. I will ask all those out for blood and on the lynch mob to be very very careful what you wish for as I said previously the grave you dig may be your own. None of these people know what happened but yet they are so ready to condemn and eat the heart of this lady. People you honestly need to move one. Another child was just killed in the last 33mins, lets try to keep the ones we still have alive.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TY

    Wow... sometimes I wish Dexter Morgan really existed

    July 7, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • mrw


      July 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • ...

      I couldn't agree more!

      July 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jack

    I would certainly hold the prosecutors in contempt of court for filing a case on a person they know to be innocent. They also need to lose their licenses to practice law.

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

      Hey dumbazzz they work for the state. They were doing their job. You need to get someeducation prior to spouting off on news websites about things you have no clue about.

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

    The party girl is released....July 13 which falls on a Wednedsay. Hump day.

    Surprise, surprise.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. guiltyornotidstilldoher

    I disagree with 11th trimester abortions

    July 7, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Susan McGowan

    So when does Casey start her search for Caylee's killer??

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

      Will it be on a Florida golf course where OJ began his search for Nicole's killer?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robin

      I think she buried that person when she killed her daughter.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. walking tall

    She is an abuse victim. Her father molested her and that kid drowned in the back yard and she being a victim of him helped cover it up. I hope she does the circuit telling her story (the truth) Sure Caylees law.. yah yah.. if you lived in fear from a monster you might drink and club too. how many kidnapped victims never leave the kiddnapper... brain washing torcher. sorry the baby had to die. but the wrong person was brought to trial in this case.

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

    The Jury missed alot of things, not only the child abuse that the defense gave them. they also forgot that during the trial that Casey's own defense team tried to get her declared legally incompetent because she was saying she was crazy.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Oliver Kloseoff

    Im going to tap that . . . .. watch

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

      I'm pretty sure anyone could tap that.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. norasusan

    Nothing like mob mentality is there?

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

      ding ding

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

    July 13 should be made a national day of mourning. A psychotic childkiller will be set free amongst us upon a technicality. However, I think we all can agree on one thing: she is a psychopath. Psycopathy is not cured by an acquittal. With time, she will screw up again, as OJ did, and perhaps then justice will come into play.

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

      and what exactly is that technicality?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • spiralbrain

      What technicality? The jury system worked and the prosecution failed to link her to Caylees death. End of story.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • drbasic

      Technicality??? Are we talking about the same trial?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sean

    Well she is innocent since the charges were not proven. That is the system.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MCA

    There is SO much more to this than anyone can possibly know based on what's been presented by the media, who cater to sensationalism, radicalism, and ratings. Somebodys Gotta PAY!!!! The mob mentallity has reigned over this entire process. At least the jurors kept clear heads and didn't judge this case based on media misrepresentation and emotion. WRITE A BOOK – give the masses something more to be enraged over. That which angers you, controls you...looks like Casey has control over a LOT of people – despite what you think! :p

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

      So we allow it. what's your problem?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Brightside

      Dead right MCA. Amazing what all these people let enrage them. None of them knew anyone involved yet people want Casey dead, justice for Caylee, etc. Why get so upset over something that has zero impact on you?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sean

    She should have been released already but the judge wanted to appease the hungry mob wanting blood since they dont have a job let alone a career!

    July 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Verdict

      I think the Nancy Grace HLN program is biased and the opposite of what America is all about. I would never advertise on that station or any station that panders to mob-rule. Too many Americans have died defending what Nancy is abusing–

      July 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
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