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. wandag

    there is no reason to make a drowning accident look like a murder. you do not throw your child away like trash and rent movies the same night unless you murdered them. then party 31 days and never call the cops or grieve and lie shes with a babysitter. she got away with murder it's so obvious. those defense lawyers celebrating it with champagne like a bunch of cold hearted creeps. they make me sick. wouldn't you grieve if your child accidentally drowned. she's disgusting. i wouldn't give casey the time of day.

    July 9, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      Yes, I agree. However, she was brought up on the wrong charges. It should NOT have been murder 1 in a death penalty state. Maybe had she been charged with manslaughter, the outcome would have been different. It all makes me sick.

      Why, during deliberation, didn't the jury have any questions to ask, or to ask to see the transcripts? This lowlife didn't call the authorities when she knew her daughter was missing, she waited 31 days, partying most of the time. This is sick. And what about poor baby being bound with duct tape? I would have had a million questions, and am sick to my stomach that the charges were Murder 1, instead of lesser charges. I am sure she would have been found guilty, other than just lying. Sick, sick. I can't fault the jury, they were told to come to a decision based on the murder 1 charges. I am sure they too are sick over this.

      July 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. scrubs

    It is a shame they can't steralize her so she can never ever do this again..

    July 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bronwyn

    The bottom line is.... There wasn't enough solid evidence to convict her of murder!!! That's why jurors are not allowed to watch news and media. The jury did the right thing buy taking their emotions out of the verdict and focused only on the evidence presented to them!. The evidence was solid on her being a liar and she was charged for that. The prosecution should have gone for a lesser charge like second or third and concentrated on the 31 days the child wasn't reported missing. If they would have done that then the evidence of her getting a tattoo and partying would have made more of an impact on the jury.! I have followed this tradgedy since 2008 and as the trial began I was disappointed in the evidence from the prosecution! I said this jury would find her not guilty. When you go for murder 1 and seek the death penality you have got to have a smoking gun to tie everything in and there was not!! Is she guilty? I believe she is of not reporting her missing for sure and a covered up accident.! As for premeditated murder I don't believe so and the prosecution sure didn't convince me based on their evidence!!! If I based it on my feeling the verdict is guilty! As far as the evidence presented I truly agree with the juror's of not guilty! I do believe people need to understand that this is America! She has been found not guilty in a court of law!! She is going to have her freedom in a few days and I am very disturbed to hear of people making death threats against her, her parents as well a the jurors.?! That is outrageous and outlandish and that is a crime in it's self!!! I feel for the jurors and totally respect their decision and if I had been in their shoes I would have done the same thing!!! Jurors you made the right decision and by all means that doesn't mean they think she's an innocent saint!! That only means they obeyed the law by not listening to media and making the decision based only on the evidence they recieved and that's exactly what the judge asked of them. As far as her making money with interviews and a book..? I blame the media for all that!!! Stop talking about it and making her a household name! She was found not guilty and everyone needs to concentrate on doing something positive like the lady who started Caylee's law!! That was an amazing positive way to of handled this!!!! We may never know the truth of what happened to Caylee but the one thing I do know is whoever is responsible might not pay for it on earth but will pay for it one day!!!!

    July 9, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shasta

      There was more than enough evidence the jury nevr went over it in les than 11 hours.She is guily of all counts.A travesty of our justice system.Also no justice for CAYLEE.

      July 13, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sandy

    Oh sigh, another "show trial". People, can't you see how Nancy Grace, Fox news, Rupert Murdoch and the media in general are whipping up our emotions to control us all? To distract us from the problems in this country that affect all of us– like no jobs, inadequate and too expensive health care, skyrocketing college tuitions, a crumbling infrastructure, corrupt leaders, etc., etc., etc. Of course it is tragic that this child was murdered, but we the people have other work to do and it enrages me when I see the media manipulating people's emotions and dissipating people's energy instead of doing their job and giving people the objective information they need to improve their world. Just think about how much money Nancy Grace is making using you. Don't watch her–she should be run off TV!

    July 9, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Estelle

    CNN was my choice, all friends watched FOX. CNN is now in process of making or creating their own news to keep something going to report on, not good reporting, not all reports, just the "popular ones" that are good at stirring up strife in the community to keep a good hot topic to report on.....can't let it die down...no, no, never.....Knew a woman that was just like that, gossiped from morning to night..........kept something going...not happy to talk about something that was uplifting or really benefit to anyone, just to get in there and stir, and stir and stir....get my drift?

    July 9, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. spanglish

    Nancy Grace hung Casey since the beginning. brainwashing the followers, and she was a Prosecutor? I just wonder many times she hid behind their immunities to hang people. Convict that is the motto of Prosecutors don't look for innocence, but always for guiltiness even if they not guilty, they manipulate the media, they hide evidence, they lie in court, they intimidate the witnesses etc.,They just don;t believe in justice just in image

    July 10, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ralph hacker

    The verdict was wrong, wrong, wrong but I truly feel that perhaps worst was that the jury was somewhat similar to the OJ trial. They seemed to know the high profile of the case and acted without I feel true discussion or feel for the various parts of the testimony and judges direction. Being away from their families; long trials, and perhaps not really caring about particulars of the case which even the average person had to think twice about, maybe it's time to twick the system so make the juries more responsive.
    and concerned. And this is with me, not a legal person, being able to connect the dots. I don't think they ever really tried.
    thank you

    July 10, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. xavier guerra

    maybe there was a real sloppy investigation by the police no one has really looked at that part i mean they were using the family to get a confession maybe they need to work a little

    July 11, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. Earnest T Bass

    George wants his gas can back.

    July 12, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dean Johnson

    The Judge and the jury have spoken now being quiet. Can u not shut up? i"m tired of it all. Jury verdict "NOT GUILTY' SO SHUT UP!

    July 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. William E. Graham

    Before this trial I thought OJ's defense team was able to pick the stupidest 12 people in the US for their jury. Now I know that they were only half as brilliant as I thought they were. Casey's defense team is just as good, aqnd they were able to find the other 12 out of the 24 stupidest people in the US.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. rodger

    What amazes me most is how someone so unimportant can becomes so important simply by being someone not so good. As citizens we make heros of those who deserve it least. Regardless of the verdict this person did not deserve the opportunity to capitalizes on her own misbehaviors and mistakes. But yet the media and the public watching becomes so absorbed in the moment of anothers misfortunes that none of you can see the truth. This girl will profit and as self-absorbed ignorant fanatics the public will continue to fund her.
    How moronic do we become before we just give up and let the lunacy take control of all our lives. We have given up on any chance of morality and sanity runs wild. Wake up America and realize that everything is out of control. A simple young women who has no effect on any of us has become more important than the lives that we live. Children around the world are hungry, people all over the planet are dieing, the economy is in the tank again, we're fighting two wars we don't belong in, houses are burning and lives are falling apart everywhere. Sad isn't it. Casey Anthony is now more important than you! Wow! How far have we come in this modern day world., when right and wrong are no longer important and the dollar is trump. No matter your belief's,no matter your struggle and position in this world when does good overcome what is right. And when does someone so unimportant become so UNIMPORTANT again?

    July 15, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Darlene E.*

    Casey Anthony got away with murder, Cindy Anthony with perjury. The only thing scary here is our judicial system!!

    July 16, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Charlotte

    I understand from CNN news that Casey had seizures while in jail. Is this an ongoing medical problem she has and if so does not seizures cause memory lapses. Why was this not looked into further during the trial

    July 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
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