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. Justice For Caylee

    Why mommy did you not look for me? Why mommy did you not pray for me? Why mommy did you not cry for me? Why mommy did you give me life, then took my life? Why do you not love me?


    July 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canada_Jim

      Are you serious Justice For Caylee, the "Why Mommy" bit? What a wee tiny mind you must have to sit there and think of these idiotic speak outs. If you are such the group or person that wants justice for that little girl, then instead of pooling your resources in such dribble, why are you out there seeking the truth. You have such anger, then put it to use properly. But all your posts are just school yard notes passing about the girls that giggle at everything.

      Seek proper justice there Justice, get out there, find the evidence, find the killer, because it isn't Casey !!!

      July 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glen

      From everything we know about Caylee she was a beautiful, smart and very happy little girl. There isn't the slightest hint of a history of abuse or neglect. On the contrary, the photos and videos show a happy little girl that loved her mother dearly and was clearly loved by her mother and grandparents. I would be willing to bet she is looking down and asking God why these hateful cruel people are using her name to attack her mommy. But God, my mommy didn't hurt me ... ever and the court just found her not guilty.... why are those people so hateful and bitter God? Why won't they accept the truth? God will simply reply – they will be judged as they are judging your mommy little Caylee. Their day is coming!

      July 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • swerk

      Yes Glenn, we know Caylee was a happy little girl who had a great mother because she was smiling in some photos. After all, we all know no one who is abused by horrible parents EVER smiles in their family photos/videos. Yes, that is sarcasm.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cindy

    I want to know seeing how everyone is perticting she is going to make millions on movie and book deals, not to mention interviews. Non of which I would invest my time in or money. #1 if she is not guilty would she take the money to find the person who killed Calee or do anything positive with it or use it to party

    July 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kitty2

    Like it or not, the woman has been found not guilty–like some of the jurors said–not guilty does not necessarily mean innocent. That said, I firmly believe its high time that Nancy Grace and similar ilk get off it and leave this woman and her family alone. If these TV personalities continue their needling after this trial, then the Anthony family with their attorneys should sue those people for pain and suffering–after all keep in mind HLN, Grace & Ilk have made considerable money and ratings of exploiting this situation. Better yet, HLN and CNN should reassess their use of such programs to exploit people's troubles and pain–the best thing they can do is remove such programs from the airwaves.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. iwannaknow

    This has been one screwed up case involving one screwed up family!! Caylee payed the ultimate price for that, her young innocent life. I hope she can somehow rest in peace.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Canada_Jim

    I can't believe the "Vigilante Justice" some of you are calling for against Casey Anthony, she was found not guilty by not only 12 of her peers , but by the alternates too. If she had really murdered her daughter she would have been found guilty of it, but she wasn't, so hence she didn't.

    I either watched or read the entire process from beginning to end, and there was too many holes left by the State during the entire trial that could not be answered by any logical sense or reason, just too many to definitely say beyond a doubt that she did it. So, instead of creating this out for blood type mob sensation, why are you all not trying to find out what had entirely happened to Caylee? All the energy should be used for that instead of screaming for blood from the very person of whom was found innocent of the charge of murder and child abuse.

    I was watching the day she was found not guilty, and I have to say, the way the hosts of certain programs went on about how a great injustice was just done, all you did was create this mob of people that could quite certainly have 1 or 2 people in it that would end up acting upon their own personal feeling fueled by the Hosts comments and end up getting charged with a violent crime against the family or Casey herself. What ever happened to being non-biased?

    I agree with all of you on one very important point, we can not and must not forget about little Caylee Anthony, that itself would be the greatest injustice of all.

    And you all complaining about the after party that the Defense held, tell me were that is any different than that of the celebration of a team winning a championship or what not? They knew that what the State had brought against Casey was wrong and worked long and hard to get the proof before the jurors to prove it. Of course they had reason to celebrate. Did none of you see the press conference held by them, where Cheney Mason called the media out and scolded them for having Casey already dead on the slab before the trial even started. And how Jose Baez reminded everyone that no one on the team nor should anyone forget that little girl named Caylee Anthony.

    My god people, lets hope that no one in your family gets charged with a violent crime that they are surely innocent of, but yet gets convicted of, or has to gather the best lawyers in town to prove their innocence. It just happened, but yet all of you think that it was wrong.

    If it were a travesty like you all are saying, where is the appeal from the States Attorney?

    July 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Monica

      Because she is found guilty doesn't mean she didn't do it? It either means she has had brilliant lawyers or she is just plain lucky. I must also add that if she was black a lot of you would be saying something else, probably asking for her head. But she is white and that is what makes such a big difference in today's America. This indeed is a sad state of affairs. Makes me think of O.J. Simpson. Even though he was found not guilty the majority of white americans were asking for his head and it is a fact to this very day.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      What is wrong with the people of this nation???? Yes, we have the first amendment, however, these news media companies are displaying the most disgusting form of journalism I have ever seen. Is it not my understanding that the news people are to report the news and facts of the news NOT their opinions regarding the news? They should be taking responsibility for the public unrest going on in this case. Perhaps these such knowledgable law people who are so smart should be spending time educating the public about our judicial system instead of peddeling their opinions in this case. What kind of a society are we to target those involved in this case??? Death threats, ect.... disgusting. Maybe we as a nation should look at ourselves as failures that our society has produced the likes of Casey Anthony. Perhaps we should stop supporting news talk shows like we do and return to reporting the news like they are supposed to. I am so disgusted and disappointed in Nancy Grace – whom I will never watch again and other news media. Just report the facts, not your biased or jaded opinion. Better yet, fellow americans, grow a brain. Think for yourself and do not rely on the news media for your values and information.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • becca

      I am glad you are so happy with the verdict. In this country the criminals get special treatment not their victims. Remember that the victims can't speak. The state must speak for them. I watched the killer of my mother have a great life. He got off. I saw my friend's rapist go free. It is obvious that you have never counted on the system for justice. If you ever do, you will be sadly awakened.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joy H

      Canada_Jim, I completely agree with you!

      July 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • swerk

      "If she had really murdered her daughter she would have been found guilty of it, but she wasn't, so hence she didn't."

      Wow, that's some sound logic there Jim. Please don't ever join a debate team.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. snowey

    It sure seems to go against the grain of most people when they themselves can not see someone held accountable or responsible for another's demise. This current case of Miss Anthony is proof of that. I fell the jury did the right thing. They used their common sense to a lack of clear evidence and not go on supposition and hunches that something may have happened or could of happened or probably happened and who would gain the most due to these probabilities. The jury did it right, that's plain and simple. Now the investigation into the matter should start all over as there sure as heck are a lot of unanswered questions, why did it take the fellow four months to make sure Law Enforcement was notified of the location of the child's remains? One would logically start there, as there sure must be some hank panky going on there also. Law enforcement must never let its guard down and continue with its investigation and find all that
    were complicit in this crime!

    July 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. maremule

    As a grandparent of a child who was abused, and is still in a tenuous situation with regards to his mother and her untreated mental illness and personality disorders, this verdict scares the hell out of me. I really wanted her to be found guilty and sentenced to death, just to send a loud message to other mothers that YOU CAN'T GET AWAY WITH THIS!!
    During this trial, we had not seen our grandchild for 5 (FIVE) weeks. They had been living with us. Everyday I watched updates and trembled with fear over our grandbaby's life and future. But for other people who had access to him, with whom we remained in communication, I would have been beating on doors and demanding to see, with my own eyes, this child.
    Our state doesn't give grandparents any rights. It can be a very frightening and nauseating situation when you see some parent get away with disposing of a child like she were nothing more than a "bag of garbage".

    July 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Shirley

    Why don't you people get a life.....God is the judge...not you folks.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      I didn't know God was black.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • becca

      I have a life. You need to learn more about what victims go through. I am not God, but to think he is the only one who can rinder a verdict. God has given the laws we must live by. We are to live by the law, and the people are to enforce the law and seek justice for the innocent. The jury in this case did not give justice to Kaylee. I hope you never have to seek justice for a loved one. We should all be concerned and care enough to want a society that offers safety to the most innocent. The statistics for child abuse is staggering. We are a country that does not care enough. Children die at the hands of their abuser. I have spent a life time in my work trying to make a difference.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. iwannaknow

    Casey's neglect caused Caylee's death no matter which way you look at it, even if she drown in the pool like Casey said,so why didn't they charge her with that?? She needed way more jail time to think about what happened to Caylee, in my opinion the whole family was somehow involved!

    July 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Andy

    Just in time. I bet Caylee was getting real tired of that innocent granny hair do she's been forced to wear.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. lilacherring

    I just want to say regardless as guilty as she looks, our justice system is for once taking the need of hard evidence seriously!! behavior can add the push needed to connect evidence but that is not be the only thing we put people in jail for because in that case we would have a lot of behavioral guilty people. I just hope that this teaches us because a lot of people are out there soooo angry about the decision but remember everyone has a right to a fair trial, this does not mean i think she did not know about what happened but hey she got her day in court and the prosecution team should have spent more time collecting evidence instead of trying to figure her out this was about the baby!!

    July 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CVD

    Well, one thing about this we really don't know what happend, but i do know one judge. that sits high and looks low. And that judge she will have to answer too.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jerry

    The book has most likely has already been written. I will not buy the book, or go to a movie about this case. I'm surprised some company hasn't come up with a T-Shirt that says something like *I SAY GUILTY.* If so, Casey would not profit from this monitarily, and people could vent to the world, although we are powerless regarding the final verdict. Sure it would give Casey more attention, but it would be in her face..

    July 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nancy

    4 lies x 365 days in a year, equals 1460 days minus 1043 days credit = 417 days to serve!!!!
    How are they coming up with 6 day left to serve????

    July 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glen

      Time off for good behavior

      July 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nancy

      "Time off for good behavior" they said this was 5 days for each month of good behavior:

      1043 days served divided by 31 days = 33.645, so 34months x 5 days = 170 days off for good behavior (but continued lieing) SO:

      4 lies x 365 days in a year, equals 1460 days minus 1043 days credit minus 170 days off for "good" behavior = 247 days left to serve. I understood that she shouldn't be getting "gain time".

      July 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glen

      I appreciate you want to do your own version of the math and redefine what they consider good behavior. You probably also wanted to convict without knowing when, where, how, why or who was present at the time of death. Fortunately you can't. You can't do your own math, redefine good behavior or convict like some ditator. Welcome to the USA. We take freedom serious here.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tangledweb

    I hope that her every waking moment, now until she takes her last breath on Earth, she is haunted by the face of her beautiful baby.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary Obrien

      She plead guilty on Jan 25th 2010 aqnd was sentenced to time served of 412 days, so can somebody please tell me why theya re crediting her with the 412 days again! Why doesn't she have to start her time on Jan 25, 2010?????

      July 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thought

      She has no guilt. No conscience. No shame. She has nothing and is an empty shell, known as a sociopath. I was involved with one for several years. They can kill as easily as celebrate a birthday. Where we feel guilt when we're about to do something wrong, they feel nothing. They can kill pets, children, steal, and could care less. That will never change. The woman I was involved with told her son she would never speak to him again if he didn't move back in with her. She hasn't and all because she had to pay child support as a result. Read "The Sociopath Next Door".

      July 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kenny

      Don't bother...that f-ing monster could care less about her dead daughter...remember how haunted she was when she was out clubbing within the weeks of her daughter's disappearance? I expect this beotch to cash in on the story now that she is free...because that is the kind of animal she is.We can only hope that she has the same fate as her daughter...and the sooner the better!

      July 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • yannaes

      I think she and Scott Peterson would make the perfect couple..they could argue about who will kill the baby..before birth or after? ummmm

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