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. Really

    Well I guess Nancy Grace can move on like the rest of the world should Geezus...... Hey Nancy are you still in contact with Natalie Holloway mom? I am sure she misses you...

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

      I agree Nancy is so self righteous. You may not agree, but keep your mouth shut!

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

    This is what happens when you arrest and then investigate to build your case.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeweldnile

      People are angry because her lies directly effected the outcome of the trial. If she hadn't lied and let so much time pass cause of death would have been determined and other less compromised evidence could have been used. Now she's going to greatly benefit. She pulled on the perfect murder.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glen

      She didn't pull off the perfect murder. The police pulled off a lazy investigation and the prosecution were fools to try and convict without knowing when or where the death occurred. They also didn't know how or why. Which makes it impossible to convince anyone reasonable thinking person they know who did it.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. AC


    July 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. colleen west

    So what if they just want us to think she is getting out on wensday. with the news all over this case, what if she really is getting out today and for her safety they are just telling every one she will get out on wensday. If u rember the woman that came out to give every one the info she had nothing in writing she just said that they new that the news and the people were all on pins an needles for the info on her date to go home. just food for thought.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. William G

    Let’s look at what she was not charged with- “accessory after the fact or conspiracy to commit murder”. We all must admit that there is a probability that she did not kill her own child. I think a stronger case against her would be one of the other charges that she could still face. I don’t believe double jeopardy applies to those charges. I am surprised that no one has thought of this as of yet especially all the lawyers on the TV news shows. Obviously they are not as smart as they thing they are just as one of Casey’s lawyers said after the trail. I believe that if Casey did not killer her daughter, she knows who did!
    Hopefully the police and the DA’s are aware of this and they plan on charging her with accessory after the fact or a conspiracy charge and the case will be solved.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeanne kanfer

      Double jeopardy does apply under the lesser included offenses. Case closed.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. V. P.

    Let's assume that Casey Anthony is innocent, does this mean that the case is closed and no-one will continue for the search of the true killer? This case should not be close without finding and sentencing the killer. No-one cares to know the truth?

    July 7, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeanne kanfer

      Without a cause of death and only speculation as to manner of death there is no proof a murder was committed. The most likely suspect has been charged and aquitted. This is not like O.J. where there was no doubt a murder took place and a killer was on the loose. They are done. Let that poor dead little girl rest in peace and not make Casey any more of a star than she already is. As I help perpetuate her stardom by posting on this blog I am slapping myself.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Monica

    I wonder if there are issues with the "CSI effect" in handling the outcome of this case. Curious to hear any responses because it has been one thing that has not been brought up in any of the coverage that I have been following.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jeanne kanfer

    Everyone is calling and protesting about the Casey Anthony verdict but In Session, Nancy Grace, etc. have made her a star and are rocketing her into superstardom by talking about nothing else. It is time to move on. She got a fair trial. She seems like a vast wasteland of a human being to me, but I don't think she murdered her daughter and there is no proof that a murder took place. I think she is a spoiled brat who has always lied her way out of every tight situation. She knew no one would believe anything she said even if the death was accidental. There is no doubt Caylee's body was in the trunk of the car. This child's death is tragic and sad, but only Casey knows what really happened. Her attorneys did thier job by vigorously defending her. The jury did its job by giving up weeks of their summer locked in a hotel and court room listening to horrible evidence and looking at awful pictures, then rendering a difficult verdict. I am sure In Session and HLN's ratings have not suffered. Until everyone shuts up and stops using this poor dead little girl for entertainment fodder the outrage is disingenuous.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glen

      The real beauty of the media's involvement is they afforded Casey the defense money could buy. She would have had a public defender. Nancy is sure to get a Christmas card from Casey for the rest of her life.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. matt

    I can't wait to get casey naked so I can smell her bush.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Robin

    It seems Casey's lying works when she doesn't even mean for it to work. She should write children's books with her imagination.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sonone4fun

    Maybe the kid who flipped off the DA will give her a ride hone. The judge will deliver justice and now her book deals will payback the costs and she does not cost the system to incarcerate.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Skept

    Possible jurors came out with shock & unpopular verdict to make more $$$ ?   One is already shopping best price.  Two others gave weak justifications saying no evidence and that prosecutors didn't paint picture of how child die. 

    Chloroform & duct tape.  And 31 days & months she lied buying time for the evidence to dwindle away.  It was a clear picture for most of us.

    And why not child neglect, at least?
    Shock =  More Money !!

    July 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Justice For Caylee


    July 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • drbasic

      Are you that simple minded?

      July 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glen

      Boycott the boycotters.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. But Wait...

    How does your 3 yr old child just disappear from your possession but after 30 days without reporting it yet, upon questioning, you start explaining what happened to her whereabouts, "THE NANNY TOOK HER" but later you say you made that up..and admitted to ALL of those previously used alibis were lies...doesn't that still put the child back in your possession? So, Where is she...did you just lose her and didn't care to start searching for her yourself? You can't say she was kidnapped...you already used that.. So, you went and got a tatoo during that time...but what AGAIN did you do with the body? WHAT DID YOU DO WITH THE BODY..WELL, IT WAS FOUND...we found out what YOU did with the body!!! OH, she drowned? But,didn't your mother tell you that the new rumor on the street was that she drowned in their pool and you laughed and couldn't believe that one, during a jail visitation caught on video? Well, if she drowned or If she didn't drowned but the body was found in the woods in a bag ..YOU PUT HER THERE! While in your possession, this happened and no charges were found?? Unreal

    July 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robin

      yeah after all the lies it is unreal that she got away with not having to tell anyone anything.

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

      She was convicted of lying to police. If they really wanted to know what happened perhaps they should have based an investigation on more than their prime suspect's fantasies? They thought she did it, so they believe what she tells them? They never did find out when, where, how, why or who – and yet the blood thirsty media following judgemental majority want to convict her. Unreal

      July 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Donna Pooler

    So very sad to hear all this have been following since beginning!! Where is the justice? I hope and pray for her mom and dad and family thank you!!

    July 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
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