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.

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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. Denise

    PLEASE remember that there is a higher power that will take care of this situation when the time is right. Caylee will recieve justice in due time.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I find your comment quite funny. It's funny that you can't believe the outcome of the case after a jury of real live people were presented with all of the facts and evidence to justify their decision. However you can believe in a so called "Higher Power". Really? Do you have any physical proof or evidence of this higher power? Have you ever met or has anyone you know actually met this being? I think people need to be a little more rational and consider the fact that she lied about what happened and stupidly tried to cover up an accident. Doesn't your "higher being" believe in forgiveness?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Casey

    Dear Concerned,

    The Jury DID do their job correctly. They based a case off of evidence and facts. NOT OPINIONS. Juror #3 stated he admitted to Casey Anthony as "not innocent," but also admitted that there was not enough evidence to justify. Especially if the defendant is facing the death penalty. Had they not gone for the death penalty, she would have been convicted guilty. Good job Florida, I applaud you.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Teshaun

    Wonder where she'll party now !

    July 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tara

    Can a civil suit be filed as in the OJ trial forbidding her from profiting from this tradegy?

    July 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tamara

    What a joke. Horrible, horrible joke.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. CaseyAnthonyForPresident2012


    July 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just like the juice

      Nice thought, except you have to be 35 to be President of the US. Shes almost 10 years under that.

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

    It will all be better when she has another child and can move on to shower that child with all the love and attention that Caylee missed. Lesson learned...

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

    This only proves that the media can and will make a circus out of anyones life .
    300 children are killed annually by a parent or guardian , are there going to be cameras in every court room ?

    July 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Maria Mercer

    What is the matter with this idiots sayng it is not or business we hate Cayce? yes it is our business we are mothers who don't kill our babies she did it she was lucky to go away with it! another Oj Simpson trial,.What a TRAVESTY of te justice system ,many time crimes had been soved without evidence,this one was not ,she shold be fried a long long time ago.......she did it! she is a pathologic liar a thief ,a bad mother ,did you forgot she went to party when her litle daughter went missing? did you forgot about? do you have any answers? the photos don't lie .....her lawyer is a liar,the prosecutor s dumb and the jurors a bunch of idiots ! did you saw her laughfing sometimes? it is the way a mother who just lost er daughter acts? yes it is our business ,we are the voice form Caylee ,she is not more with us and someone has to get her voice,she was killed by her monster "mother" but she still with us in our hearts ,some day we will see karma back and this monster will continue the saga and we will see when she get down hard! she deserves to get the death penalty ! to all Casey lovers you will see the end of this saga ...is always I said "only in America .I lost the faith at the system when OjJ got free ,and now tragedy is repeated,I hope someday we will see this monster get caught and go for ever ...she destroyed her entire family with her lies ,it was all lies she is a pathological liar a theft ....Casey is in our hears for ever and we will never forget her ,her mother already forgot about her is what iI say what a travesty!

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

      Your comment is based on emotion and NOT fact of law. I respectfully disagree with your assessment.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dan Bednarik

    Send her to Afghanistan.

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

      Best suggestion I've heard yet!

      July 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mark shutt

    I think most of you are very sick, and dumb. She was found to be not guilty. The talking heads are inciting violence to all the uneducated at the court house. This makes me sick. What is wrong with you!!! These talking heads are supposed to be professionals and all they seem to be are jerks with a bad opinion. Keep your opinions to your self and report the news. Not what your sick mind thinks. STOP inciting the violence. Yes I mean you JANE, NACY and the rest of you uneducated jerks.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jessy

    Stop hatin! Just cause a girl likes to party you all gotta be up in HER BUSINESS? Ya Heard? For real yo. I’m totally with her.. if I was her, I be poppin out babies left AND right, oh yeah, I said RIGHT…and parading myself down Orange Ave ALL DAY! Gettin all frisky with the females, scissoring and what not…just to irritate all you playa haters! K? See? .... " Who ever wrote this should go throw themselves in a lake with duck tap on their head ! People like you are what we call the walking devil ! Partying isn't everything in life ! She didn't need to do that ! Their are people that wish to have a beautiful blessing of having a child and they can't ! The world is so corrupted because of people like you! Your mother waited for you for over 38 weeks and gave you life ! I guess either your don't have a mother or father in your life that is why your speaking like that ! And hopefully you don't have any kids cause I feel bad for them !

    July 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JIm B.

    who cares about the fine, she is going to get a million bucks for her book. because she was found innocent cough cough cough.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. AC


    July 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Steve

    The news media needs to back off! Start reporting the facts, instead of reporting what they think! Casey Anthony may have killed Caylee, but the jury found her not guilty, based on evidences or the lack of evidences provided by the state. But the news media, specially, CNN found this woman guilty without the facts over the past three years, which has been carried over over over and over to the public. State of Florida didn't do the job, but the news media has pulled the switch on this women!

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

      I think she will be released today, a reporter used their system and it showed a release date of today i think they are saying it is next week to throw the protesters off – I wish I was in Orlando

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

      the media and the prosacutors droped the ball again...prosacutors should have asked for 4 years supervised probation so they can keep an eye on her no drinking no drugs curfew mandatory counsling

      July 7, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andre

      Steve, well said.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
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