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. comeON

    Forget it.. she will now be living a life with a disgusting burden on top of her shoulder. Maybe even kill her self.. if you see her on the streets chant baby killer for me =)

    July 8, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. KyushuGrl

    It is pointless to argue over things we will never know. Is Casey guilty or innocent, What actually happened to Caylee. We will never know these things now that Casey has been found not guilty. If you are truly upset about this verdict and want to do something about it the best thing to do is to ignore anything Casey Anthony related in the future. Do not give her the publicity she needs to make a life for herself after she is freed. Don't watch her movie and don't buy her books! make sure that not one cent of your hard earned money ends up in her hands. That is the best way to show your opinion of this verdict!!

    July 8, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. DexterMorgan

    Hello Casey Anthony.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. Name*ginaluv

    There is a word called karma and casey lied and is getting away with murder of a innocent child she will be hunted

    July 8, 2011 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. Karma

    Hopefully Casey will be involved in a horrific car accident after partying and be paralyzed for the rest of her life. THAT would be justice!

    July 8, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. Pasoslentos

    Can we AT LEAST sterilize her before we set her loose?!?

    July 8, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. janice

    People keep saying that Casey waited 31 days before she reported her daughter missing, Casey NEVER reported her daughter missing, her Mom Cindy did, and also said the trunk of her car smelled like a damn dead body had been there. Casey was too busy partying, shacking up with her boyfriend Tony, spending her best friends money since she didn't have her own, etc. Unlike some of those commenting, I watched the entire trial from beginning to end (no I do not have a job, I'm retired) but I stayed awake, took notes, wasn't sequestered, and didn't have a vacation planned in July.
    I really don't think people should comment on this trial unless they actually watched in it's entirety. I used common sense, connected all the dots, and came up with a felony murder. The jury couldn't even come up with child abuse. UNBELIEVABLE!

    July 8, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. janice

    I's funny that in front of the courthouse you have people that are defending the verdict, and actually think Casey is innocent, but if you notice, they're all young men, Casey's age. One guy has a sign asking Casey to marry him, and says he's serious. I hope Casey does marry him ,has his baby, gets bored with being a Mom (again) and being tied down, then lets see what she does. That would be interesting. What idiots we have out there. If I saw my son on TV with a sign like that, I think I would disown him, if not, I would question his sanity.

    July 8, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. janice

    BiggieSmalls, it's confirmed what you "think with" instead of your brain.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip Porembski

    know though you shouln't break the law... but in reality only the law is lying because they know if you did not they could not put you in jail or prison ... when we say
    you shouldnt break the law... we mean it because we do not want you in jail or prison, the law knows you shouldn't but obviously believe you SHOULD because each and everyone of them
    cannot put you in prison and jail which is something they do if you did not break the law .. the same one 'you shouldn't' when i tell you for instance.. you shouldnt break a toy... than you know
    im honest with my word and there is no 'you shouldnt but you should just so i can do this to ya for it' so their not even real or actually no idea what their doing... cause there is no should and shouldnt...
    they all want you too or think you should because to do what they do which is put people in jail and prison you should... and lie and tell ya you shouldn't, so lets think about that... why on earth would they lie and say
    you shouldnt when they all know that you should because they would not be able to do what they do which is put people in prison and jail if you did not so why shouldnt you when thats what they want...cause the law can do that .
    ya they can sure, but why be such liars, and why in the shell... you shouldnt break the law but dont think about how i really think you should break the law.. so they dont really mean 'dont break the law than' cause meaning dont break the law
    would mean do not want you too. see what it is once i sentence them to hell for being fake, i dont want them having heaven or even knowing anything, they like that 'distance' between they are that distance and you dont wanna get close so they kinda
    go with their distance. you already gettin too close to it tellin it how it doesnt make sense, do not but really want you too.and thats what they all go down for as well.. their why were apart, the distance... even stuff like a boy and girl want to screw
    or the girl knows the guy is checkin them out and thinkin but cant say nothing to eachother about it .. that type of distance .. this way when they depart they wont know a dang thing about the world... when we say move to zimbabwe or something thats different to them foos
    its like you can escape them by going to zimbabwe... meaning.. escape all the troubles they bring to your world, you know people shouldnt so theres no reason for you to think they should basically

    July 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Betty

    How much will it cost the state of Florida for protection for Casey Anthony

    July 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. George

    have they mentioned who the biological father is? I saw one man claimed that he was...so who is??? Also was she left alone, or were the grandparents baby sitting her. As much as it has been on the air and rep[layed, I missed these points; and am curious. The mother should have been with her, because she apparently lied about the babysitter????

    July 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. janice

    Rich, be careful, you're showing what part of your body you're thinking with, and it's obviously not your brain. You idiot guys, who make those remarks are showing your immaturity, and stupidity. This is about a beautiful little 2 year old girl who was murdered by her Mother, the one who should have been protecting her, and you guys are making jokes. Sicko's that's what you are.

    July 8, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sharon

    If someone uses duct tape to cover a childs nose, mouth and face and that child dies, how can it be considered an "accident" which has been said on different news reports about the Casey Anthony trial?

    July 8, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Robin

    It is my belief that this is a private matter between the Anthony family and the law, and I am so disgusted with how everyone makes this there business!!! Do we really know what this family is going through right now? Do we really care? What if something like this happened to you , and the whole world was watching? This family needs much prayer! There are other crimes against our precious children, but you never hear about it , so what makes this one any different? My heart cries for the loss of this beautiful angel , and my heart aches for her family who has been tormented so badly by the public. If you really care, than let this family have some privacy,so they can heal!!!!

    July 9, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Angie

      Wow, powerful words you have Robin. This family did this to themselves. If Casey would have done what she was supposed to do in the first place, I mean be a real parent, report her missing and such, can you imagine how soon this would have been over – like three years ago? The tax payers in Florida are really put out too Robin, look at what they have to pay for this women's stupidity. Don't put this woman and her family on the cross, she isn't worthy of the nails. I hear what you're saying and you are right about alot of it, but you have to draw a line somewhere, when you make these kinds of mistakes, they are not only costly to you but to many surrounding you. Can you imangine being such a spectacle in your own state, much less the entire world............

      July 9, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
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