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. Dexter Morgan

    I happen to love Florida, everyone. But there is something I love just a little bit more. See youu soon Casey 🙂

    July 7, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Panagiotes

      Best post ever!!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • DeMichael

      I've always thought that there is more to the Casey Anthony case than we all knew. Her family is way too weird. If she lies the way she does now then she has done so her whold life. Her parents know when she is lying they knew the whole time. Not saying that she is innocent , but she didn't do this alone. They knew that she didn't work regardless of what she was telling them. I think that George should be investigated.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • WVAndrea

      LOVE IT!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Orenthal James

      Say Dex, we should hook up and party out here in Nevada! What's the worst that could happen?

      July 7, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Michele

      I absolutely love this post. It made me smile. SO true though. Casey sits in there always with a smirk on her face. It drives me crazy. If I was her i would beg to keep me in for a year. She thinks because she will have book & movie deals that she will have a good life...because of $$. Her life outside of prison wont be GOOD. WOW. she is something else. GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY

      July 7, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. sheila

    I still think she is guilty of lying to police also but what can she get really-4 years with time served-just a slap on the wrist in my book. Whatever I still say let the higher power judge her.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. E153524

    OMG CNN!!! Why are you posting every 20 mins???

    July 7, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ben

    Wow, the hair and makeup already changing...Hollywood, here she comes...

    July 7, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. sunny lovetts


    July 7, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. don

    Lets get it over with, the State is nick picking now and embarressed. Its costing the citizen every minute. She was guilty and got away with it. Lets correct our errors and go on to more important things.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. becky

    This was, a case of to much media coverage have a trial and you might convict her

    July 7, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kevin

    It would be sweet if we bump up the sentencing guidelines for lying to investigators to capital punishment, we would have another opportunity to kill this callous baby murdering monster!

    July 7, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. Debra goldatein

    It would be nice if the press would respect the fact Casey was found not guilty an though she been found not guilty the rest of her life will be lived in jail with the burden of her own daughters death . Jail and death would of been easier then her life sentence that she 'll be living day to day

    July 7, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      A sociopath feels no guilt..I think she'll be living the "beautiful life" without thinking about what she did

      July 7, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • mslexie

      I agree with guest. She feels no guilt at all. From day on it's been "Poor me, Poor me." She is a sociopath who lies to get what she wants but I do believe in karma and it will come back on her.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. bekmcc6584

    Please tell me how can 12 people not understand the difference between reasonable doubt and a doubt...it changes everything, lots of things could have happend but you have to think what is reasonable – you do not always have a video tape or witnesses but you do have common sense...when you are a parent of a young child you are responsible for their well being, so if the child dies and you know about it either you did it or it was an accident you know it happened, you then hide the body and then you lie about her being kidnapped and all this time you know exactly where your daughter's body is...so months go by and they finally find her bones with no evidence left to prove what happened to her...I think it is reasonable to conclude she had a huge part in it and should be found guilty –

    July 7, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Michele

      absolutely guilty. I am a mom.... i mean yes.. there is no finger prints.. but holy crap.... evidence points to HER. i know the hair in her car... duct tape...laundry bad... bedding..came from THERE. the computer searches...etc. ok...so it points to that home. but her lies show she KNOWS what happened... she knew she was dead. If my kids were missing for just hours i would report it. If i came home and my kid drowned.. i would immediately call 911. i mean come on. the jurty is freakin ridiculous. Yes..maybe not the death penalty... but there job wasnt to determine the PUNISHMENT....thats on the judge. they just needed to say guilty to murder and yes.. it was premeditated. WOW.... im amazed by the stupidity and ignorance of our people... Casey... you have a rude awakening when you step back out into the real world.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. common sense? whats that?

    Think about it people. Everyone knows that she is a pathological liar and a sociopath. Why would anyone buy a book by her explaining her motives? I wouldn't b/c the book would be a lie. B/c she is a liar. Everything she has said has been a lie. So why would a book by her be any different? Anyone with common sense would understand that. Oh... wait... after the jury's verdict everyine lost their common sense.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • JerseyShoreLover

      If people buy Snooki's book, they sure as hell will go and buy this one.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. Deborah

    Is it just a slight possibility that we don't know.....how Casey feels inside? Have YOU ever done ANYTHING you are sorry for? Yes, it is a horrific situation, but this girl has suffered, and her life altered forever. Nothing can be done now anyway, except perhaps to ensure if Casey has another child in her lifetime, that child is monitored by officials to protect him or her. This I pray for. It's prevention that is so important.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Michele

      gosh..we are HUMAN. we all have at least one emotion inside. people like her amaze me...and people actually feel sorry for her... poor casey????????? yeah... poor caylee.. a BABY that didnt do anything wrong to die. its sooo sad. Its sad that babies and chilren are sooo innocent. they dont know anything in the world. its so sad a baby is dead and her mother KNEW... but wont speak. and now will walk. freakin ridiculous. and to think about adopting or even having a thought about another child. dear lord she shouldnt even be allowed to have that honor. she is seriously messed up. but honestly... i feel convicted over a lie or hurting someones feelings. to live with ALL the lies and everything she has done... i dont know how she just blows it off and acts like she doesnt even think twice about it. casey... i hope you live with this forever and it haunts you until you crack. BIH

      July 7, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. Hugo

    Looks like the judge gave her the maximum he could. I don't know about the fine.

    The good time and gained time isn't the judge's fault. That's the legislature.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jodi

    She is the reason there was not enough forensic evidence. By leading them on a wild goose chase, and all the time knowing her child was dead. The prosecution more then proved their case. They showed point A and point B, and the only way they were connected would be through Casey. Thats where common sense should have kicked in, but didnt.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      Jodi, what did the judge just do? With what he had, he gave her maximum time. Or are you complaining about something else?

      July 7, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. Greenspam

    She looks so contrite and sorry. Your honor, I think that lady is innocent and should be released immediately with a profused apology from the court and prosecution, NOT.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
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