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. Matt

    Well she got more then she was trying to do when she killed her daughter. Not only a single woman to hang out and party but soon to be a wealthy one. She'll never have to work a day in her life with the rewards that will be given her for her story.This is our country.The jurors will now have to live with this mistake. Too much csi for some of them, sometimes things need to be done the old fashion way in trial with all roads pointing to the one responsible.

    July 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kristy25

    Me personally she should serve life in jail for that because it was uncalled for. The way i see it is if she didnt want her then she shouldnt of got pregnant or she could of gave her up for adoption when she was born instead of doing that to her.

    July 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Grammar

    with the grammar and the spelling mistakes on this board, I wonder if anyone is really from the USA. And if they are.. boy are we in trouble.

    July 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Use a capital letter to start a sentence. Two periods, is not recognized punctutation in any English class that I took.

      July 7, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • grammartypingfast

      People are just writing fast. Besides studies have shown that people with higher IQ's make more mistakes, because they do things quickly,, take on more challenges, and take chances.

      July 8, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. JUB

    Casey is mess up for some unknown reason. Her bizarre behaviour does not make her a murderer. Personally I believe the death was an accident and Casey felt responsible and did not know how to tell anyone. (a sign she has hidden her abuse for years) The fact that she kept the body for as long as she did not wanting to part with it or she was in denial that the child even died. She could not believe it even happened. She grieved in a way only her messed up mind could understand (holding on to the body). It seems to me she has lived a lie her whole life and has learned to cope on her own since she was a child. Casey"s behavior is that of a child she never grew up in her mind. She has issues; but she is no killer.....That is how I see it.

    July 7, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Leslie Forcen

    Has anyone asked what kind of example are we living by when the judge hasn't even addressed all of his "admonitions" the defense team broke? Didn't he say he would "deal with it later"? Well, is it later yet? Is it later yet that we teach others who purger themselves in court, as did Cindy, that they too must answer? Let the only "example" be from this trial is that 12 people clearly weren't listening. But that the rest of our judicial system isn't a complete waist of time.

    July 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. laura

    Why most of the men here, think with their penises and not brain?

    July 7, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Andy

    She will never be truly free.

    July 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Canada_Jim


    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."

    Want to debate that swerk, I mean I might not be able to stand up as tall as you at the podium, like you have said in a previous reply to one of my comments.

    My my Mr. swerk you have no idea how a child's mind works, especially one as young as Caylee. You automatically think that just because she was young she would have no sense of abuse against her and would be smiling even after abuse would have been inflicted on her?
    Look at the way she plays with her mother, the way she is laughing as Casey is playing horsey with her on the floor. Those laughs are not from a child that is abused swerk, a child that is abused would be laughing much differently, not as hearty as young Caylee is.
    The smiles on Caylee's face also show a much different expression than one of a abused child. Don't play on the fact that Caylee is young, children know how to associate pain with people, she would not be anywhere near as happy as she is in those videos and pictures if there was one hint of abuse from her mother. I agree 100% that those 30-31 days are very questionable as to what a parent should have done, but its done now isn't it, and if I remember correctly, the jury didn't think much of her being guilty on that either.

    Too many people like you don't listen much, your opening your mouth before your ears and eyes have a chance to bring the information to your brain to analyze. How about you go back through all the transcripts and television coverage of the trial, listen with your ears, think about it with your brain, then open your mouth after you have done all that.

    She was on death row with Ol' Sparky as her bed long before the trial was started, and how was she judged to be there so soon? The media. And with the media, some people choose to believe what was put into the papers and on television and closed their common sense to the actually facts and evidence of what had been collected over the course of the time before the trial started.

    Would you like like it to be you, or a friend, or even a family member in her place, not on a Murder charge but in her place being charged with a crime, having the media saying you did it, long before you have a court to prove you didn't?

    July 7, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 7, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 7, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. el condor

    And of course that would be your area of expertise?

    July 7, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canada_Jim

      My wife's actually . . . .

      July 7, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Frank

    Why can't the members of the NG sect let this go. Your leader misguided you again, but the rabble who follow NG and JVM are still being whipped up by their mentors' rhetoric.( By the way if they offer you Kool-aid, say "No")
    A Jury found this woman not guilty. Whether you agree with the verdict or not, it's over. I know its hard to wipe from your brain all the charges, innuendoes, rumors, and "what ifs" that were implanted over three years of uniinformed, almost maniacal ranting.
    I noticed NG today, talking about her fiancaaaaaaaaay's murder in the 80's and how it reshaped her life and set her on the trail of supposedly "helping victims of crime". Sorry "dahling" if you think people are going to wipe out the fact you are wrong, always were wrong, and continue to be wrong and show fiorgiveness for your errors, your wrong again.

    July 7, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. What if it had been your child?

    If it wasn't her daughter- if she had been babysitting a child, and the child died in an accident and she dumped the body in the woods, then she'd be punished. But because it was her own child, somehow the jury didn't feel the need to punish her. If it was your child who died in an "accident" under her care, and your child was dumped in the woods, you wouldn't let her just walk out of jail in 6 days.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JMSKEF1

    She's hot and can stay with me for a while while getting settled. However, I think best she not stay too long as we all know what happens to those she gets bored with.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Danny

    I have a problem with the verdict only because we all knows Casey is responsible for something, she admitted it herself how else did the defense come up with that opening statement. So why is it the jury did not come back with 2nd, 3rd or even manslaughte. All those options where on the table and because of her own admission to her lawyer she should at the very least be responsible for child neglect causing death if nothing else. Her whole defense was based around this so called accidental death which oviously the jury bought into they should have held her responsible for that. Please someone explain this to me I really need to understand it.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • my word

      Sorry Danny, no explanation for why the jury ignored her admission of an accident, or seeing her child dead, as she admitted. They couldn't see the big picture. They mistook reasonable doubt for simple doubt. The judge had told them they had the right to believe or not believe any evidence, any witness, any attorney etc. etc. in his instructions to the jury before deliberations. They didn't really know what to do with everything that was thrown at them, so they just decided to ignore some evidence and assign less importance to other, compelling evidence. That's why they only deliberated for 10 hours. That's not even enough to review the charges before deliberating. The defendant should have received the lesser murder charge, at the least. Unfortunately, this group of jurors had it in for the prosecution and gave a "not guilty" verdict that was really their opinion about the death penalty. They let their politics dictate their decision. Juror 3 alluded to her disapproval of the death penalty in some of her statements. Their decision wasn't about the truth, or justice for an innocent child, or due justice for the defendant who did everything in her power to advert attention from herself and her actions while everyone searched for the child. The jury appallingly and glaringly missed the forest for the trees and they know it.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Casey never admitted to any of that, her lawyers speculated that was what happened HUGE difference

      July 8, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Sevinthseal

      Considering the number of people out there who are uninterested in evidential shortcomings, she'll probably be found taking a dirt nap by Christmas.

      July 8, 2011 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
    • alice

      NO, you just dont understand how trials work you silly turd muncher.

      July 8, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
    • sal

      Danny,I guess to answer your question on why they didn't choose the lesser charges is because they did not pay attention,they did not take notes,most of the time they were half asleep,and so on.The only thing I can honestly say is they lost COMMON SENSE.Two questions I still have. First question if she knew her child was missing within seconds why didnt she call authorities to report her missing.Second question which is the common sense one,why didn't the jurors convict her on child abuse,which I mean the 31 days in question....Plus if you read about the jurors a few didn't even care whether they had to be there or not...This is justice....Or according to them we couldn't come to convict her because of evidence...Really less evidence in Scott Peterson case

      July 8, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
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