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. Lafayette W.

    It seems like Jose Biaz has some kind interest in Casey, by the way he acting around her and what lenghts he's going through to defend her. This is why it is not hard for me to believe that she would only be serving a few years in jail for "murder".

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

      That's his job, you idiot–to zealously defend.

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

      I agree

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

      I wonder if she will murder Kronk's kid too?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      Lafayette, sorry but that was a dumb comment. Biaz is getting paid hundreds of thousands of dollars. So yes he has a great deal of interest in Casey, not to mention he put years years of work in this case alone.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. vrim

    It might appear to be joyous relief, but there's only one thought going through that mind. "I win again."

    July 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chelsea

    While it seems pretty apparent to me that Casey Anthony is, in fact, guilty of murdering her young daughter, the justice system provides for a verdict of not guilty should the jurors find that there is 'reasonable doubt' as to whether the crime took place. It's not the fault of the jurors that the prosecution dropped the ball - they couldn't definitively prove anything about the details of Caylee's murder. Not how, when or where. Lay off the jurors. I am sure this was hard enough for them without having to suffer from a brutal lashing by people who have done nothing but proven themselves willfully ignorant of criminal trial procedure. It's not their fault; they were merely doing what was required of them. You and I can condemn Anthony all we like; we were not on the jury. Those twelve men and women – regardless of personal inclinations – had to abide by the rules set forth by the criminal justice system. For those of you who have a problem, take it up with the legal system that you had such faith in when you were certain Casey Anthony would be handed a guilty verdict.

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

      I sometimes think jurors confuse reasonable doubt with "beyond all doubt".

      July 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Life After Labor

      Well stated. It's not the jurors fault. If you read what they have said, they didn't want to see her walk away, but they had to. They had no hard proof to put her there, how it happened, or why she would do it. We can all assume she did it and most will, but they did what they had to do. I can't imagine how hard it would be to make that decision clearly and only basing it on evidence and not what your heart wants you to do.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tracy

    31 days is an issue for me. Lets remember caylee lived with 3 adults how is it exactly that her grandparents let it go 31 days . They have said they seen Caylee everyday of her life so now its get to 31 days before it blows up. Makes zero sense. I think George kept cyndi calm and quiet for 31 days then it blew up from there. no way a grandparent can explain either how it is that it gets to 31 days without you even speaking to you grandaughter. 3 adults in the house , Casey is not anymore connected to a murder than they are.

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

    do you think cindy will let her move back in? maybe change caylee's room to a party/game room to celebrate?

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

    I'm going against the grain here. I don't think she killed her child. None of the evidence presented implicated her. I do think that she knows what happened and was involved in covering it up. It could be that Caylee drowned and her dad being a retired cop thought he could cover it up, but didn't do a good job. Then there is the utility worker that I'm having a problem with. 3 times he claims he saw the bag and called the police. When they showed up no bag. 4th call, there's the bag. My question to him would be "Why were you going to this spot so many times?' Could his motive been about the reward money?

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

      Why do you put duct tape over a person who is already dead?

      Why wasn't she found in a bathing suit?

      No pool involved, sorry.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Life After Labor

      Katie, while I don't support the theory she drowned and I don't believe that Casey wasn't somehow involved. Lack of swimsuit means nothing. She didn't say they were out swimming and she drowned, but that the girl somehow managed to get out there without anyone's knowledge. My 2 year old doesn't wear a swimsuit at all times and we have a pool. If (and I make that a big if) she did drown she wouldn't need a swimsuit on for that to be viable.

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

      Why would you cover up an accident? Why would you not call 911 right away in the hopes the child might be revived?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robin

      There is no reason Dutch. Even panicked people call 911 if someone drowned in a swimming pool. The reasoning is just stupid.

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

    What if she really didn't do it? How many other people are in prison that didn't do the crime accused of? How many have been released after serving most of their lives in prison because of DNA?

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

    She wants to have another child when she gets out. Who will the father be??? now discuss lol

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

      O.J. Simpson

      Match made in heaven.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Oliver Kloseoff

    Casey is going out with Anita Cox as soon as she is released

    July 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Eric

    Let her make some money off a Lifetime movie and a book. Just like OJ, her life will be ruined and karma will get her.
    I wouldn't doubt if she ends up comitting suicide, which ends up saving taxpayers money in the long run- no appeals, supporting her for years in jail.

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

      Too self-absorbed to commit suicide.

      Too much of a sociopath...they don't feel guilt.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. CaseyAnthonyForPresident2012

    Yeah. I know everyone really is happy deep down inside. So let's all say Welcome out Casey! You go girl. We would vote for you next year!!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just like the juice

      Or we wouldn't vote for her as she has 10 years to go before she is eligible. You have to be 35 years old idiot to be sworn in.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich


      July 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rich

    It is not the jury's fault but we all would like to blame them. The evidence just was not there. Yes , she lied through her teeth and she may have killed her daughter but the proof was just not there. No DNA evidence at all, no video, no photos. She says that Caylee drowned if that is so why was there duct tape on her mouth? The sad thing out of all of this is we have a dead child and no one to take the blame and we never will. Another cold case.

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

      You make too much sense

      July 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. felicia henry

    To all of those on court tv you need to stop! She was found not guilty I see why you do not practice law anymore cause you can not accept the ruling when it is given.You all talk about the money she may or may not make Yet you are making money off her at this time,so who is the real hoe or pimp at this time! It is alright for you to to make money and have people all work up over this case.There are alot of kids missing all over america I do not see you going in on them.As for Vinnie he said they did not follow the law,yes they did .

    July 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. king daddy

    I think wen she get out of jail she goin 2 suffer n possibily get killed becuz 2 many people want justice 4 her child! So dey let her free but she's really not free cuz dis was a world wide broadcast n everybody know who she is n wat she did!! So she will always b watchin ova her shoulder wit every step she takes!!!

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

      Was that English?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. walking tall

    she is not guilty... she walks. and no one should judge her any further. so she lied.. I wonder if she will be doing facebook? After all its been that long now... She likely will have a lot to say...

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

      who do you suppose did it then?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
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