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. yuji

    she is guilty i just cant understand how mother could kill their child. lets say even if she didnt killed her daughther how can she go out partying she had to lie to the police?

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

      And when you are charged with a crime you didnt commit and everyone belives you did even if you win they will come after you. How dare you beat this how dare you win in court well if we cant put you in jail we are going to make you pay for he ENTIRE investigation. You will pay every bit of the cost of us trying and failing to put you on death row. In fact we are going to try and make you pay our salerys for the rest of our lives too if we can. Anything to get back at you for defending yourself in court and winning. This is a police state and when it happends to you I will gladly say I TOLD YOU SO.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Cathy A

      More than just Casey is guilty in this case. Grandparents, other family members and neighbors. this child was missing for a month before somone reported this. If my child was gone 10 min. I would call the police.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • hillman


      July 7, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Don't forget

      Her lawyer flat out said she was there during opening statements. She was CONVICTED of 4 counts, just not all 7. It's not an all or nothing situation. "Oh... You won the 3 biggies, so we're not going to hold you accountable for the rest." She is still accountable for the 4 crimes she was convicted of and part of that sentence includes responsibility for costs associated with her actions. It's not a case of making her pay in retribution for losing. So, include all facts, and don't edit for your needs. She was there and her lawyer stated so. She did lie and was convicted. There's nothing about a witch hunt going on. Not guilty does not mean innocent. She's still at risk of a wrongful death suit similar to Robert Blake and OJ. Doesn't mean she's guilty, just liable.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Lawrence

      Wrong for death suit for her own daughter.. hahahahahaha.. by who You? or the state. Learning your facts and stop acting like you know anything about the law. @ Jessica because, what she killed your baby @ Chase i agree with you and that but it smells a bit fishy because if it were to be lindsey lohan she would have been released today. I think the judge thinks she is guilty of the murder charge.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • max

      mike, i agree.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RG

    Casey will you go on a date with me????

    July 7, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Shut your pie hole

      You are GARBAGE!

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

      Only if you have a young daughter.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. KennyG

    Look at the "I got away with it" expression on her face.

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


      July 7, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Bryan Micon

      Negligent homicide was never an option for the jury. The prosecution got greedy and failed.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • shjjk

      hilman, I think it's time for your meds.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Judge blevin perry

    Watch this im gonna keep her in jail!

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

    she's hot

    July 7, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Shut your pie hole

      Maybe you and her can get together and have a kid...and then she kills the kid. Still think she's hot? Get a life loser.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      What's wrong with you men? There are literally MILLIONS of beautiful woman on this planet and you guys are caught up on one somewhat attractive murderer?

      If she was a man, she would have been convicted of first degree murder. Sadly though, woman are much more likely to get away with crime.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Barbara Braden

    Like chalk on a blackboard, the defense attorney argued that Casey's lies were not separated in time – and in the process, mangled the word, "temporally." The prosecuting attorney got it right....and perhaps on more than just the pronounciation of this word.

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

    I thought that the judge can over rule the Jury if he felt the defendent was guilty. Am I wrong?

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

      It depends on the state, I don't think FL has that kind of provision.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Mister DUI

      Crazy wrong. Never, can he find the defendant guilty where the jury finds her not gulty.

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

      Only if he felt they didn't know the law or didn't interpret it correctly.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Name*Jenni

      Unfortunately in our legal system a judge cannot overturn a not guilty verdict but he can over turn a guilty verdict. She got away with murder and is now gloating that she beat the system. She is the new OJ!

      July 7, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Oscar

      I watched a lot of court tv. I remember a case where the jury found the defendent Not guilty. The judge thanked the jury for there service, dismissed them, made his case as to why he disagreed with the jury and overturned their verdict. He found the defendent guilty. If a judge can not overturn a jury's verdict, it must be very hard for the judge to sit there knowing that the evidence proved that the defendent was guilty and not be able to do anything about the verdict.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Me

      You misremember. There is no way under US law that the judge can overturn a jury acquittal. Read the wikipedia article on "JNOV" if you want legal details.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dexter Morgan

    Everyone please calm down. I'm on the freeway. i'll be there soon.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • common sense? whats that?

      hurry! and make it nice and slow. I think an episode related to casey anthony should be in season 6

      July 7, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  9. Name*james dotson

    In America...sometimes..you can get away with MURDER. And with casey, she has the opportunity to make a substancial amount of money. Only in America. She should send a thankyou card to each of the juries.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. Don Marks

    Is it me or is the Judge really messed up?, he says each word separately, and takes a pause to go "Uuuggghhh", so unprofessional he looks like an idiot!

    July 7, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. KennyG

    Wonder if they will try her for abuse/mishandling the corpse...

    July 7, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tracy

    4 years consecutively but she still will get credit for time served and good behavior . She may be in 6 months but nothing close to 4 years

    July 7, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. Eskimo

    Uh, I have no legal knowledge what so ever – does this mean she has to do 4 years (1 year for each lie) OR 1 year???

    Answers anyone???

    July 7, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      4 years but she gets credit for time served, for good behavior and something else. The judge's guess is that she'll be freed in late July or early August. They have to do the math still.

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

      AFAIK, the judge has no authority of time served, etc.

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


      July 7, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. lloyd roberts

    Nancy Grace just had a semi-orga*&%$#@sm

    July 7, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. Fritfrat

    Doesn't really matter-but it is apparent the judge thinks she is a baby killer too, given the four year sentence for a misdemeanor.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      That's because she IS a baby killer.

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

      I do not believe his judgement was due to his belief of her guilt. She had 4 separate counts of the crime, and considering the city had to pay extensively for her lies. She did not get 4 yrs for a misdemeanor, she got 1yr per 4 separate misdemeanors. He might have been lenient if it was a simple day or two worth of investigation at minimal cost. But because the investigation was drawn out 6 months all because she lied, that deserves maximum penalty.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      more obvious bias from the Judge. 4 years for a misdemeanor give me a break...

      July 7, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
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