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. Mister DUI

    The guards eavesdropping is what killed the case. They had to have the body found with no link to the guards. Anyway, that is one beautiful and pure evil female.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Kim

    Does anyone else see a resemblence between her and Octomom? Or am i the only one..?

    July 7, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. Franco

    Her jail time is about to begin. As she walk out "FREE" the world will ignore her totally, she'll have nothing but misury, not family, no friends, no work, no socializing, etc etc... She'll be in hell.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Sammie

      Hi there, I agree with you. She made her bed, now she can sleep in it. Take care.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Acaraho

      So what direct line with the hereafter do you have that convinces you where people will go?????

      July 7, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    I feel sorry for the baby... Like most i believe that she is guilty. I have four children, and if one of them as much as cuts themselves i am beside myself. I believe bad people get justice whether we decide it or not. Jail... Sure... Death... I would agree... But she is getting the worst punishment ... She has to live as a free women who people have decided killed her daughter... As in the OJ trial we were glued to the TV... Not because we really cared about the people he allegedly killed, but because of his star status... People were upset, but a lot of us could not relate to the story... It was just entertainment... This story however people relate to ... It was a little girl, she was a normal women... She was a mother... People feel very strong and it wouldn't surprise me one bit if the justice we are all looking for, for this little girl comes to pass outside of the judicial system, if you know what i mean... And that is very sad...

    July 7, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Acaraho

      Sorry to bust your balloon but in 5-10 years this trial will be an afterthought once another high-profile case hits the Nancy Disgrace Show.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Gloria

    I hope the judge throws the maximum at this woman, and that any money she makes from her crimes goes to pay for the county's expenses. I also hope and pray that someone files a wrongful death suit against this individual. Someday, she will meet God's judgment.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Acaraho

      In Eric Von Daniken's view and the view of many scientists and archeologists we will all get that chance to meet God's judgment on 12/21/2012 when the God of Abraham returns as an extraterrestrial as written not only in the Holy Bible but in many of the ancient texts of the Sumerians, Mayans, Egyptians, Aztecs, North American Indians, and the Christian, Hebrew, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhism, and Jainism religions just to name a few.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. don

    the state legal system is a joke. I have lived in this state for 60 years and a vetern. he protesters are like the jurors lost and talking through their backside

    July 7, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. AndyF

    Until this country figures out that such trials, most trials in fact, cannot be conducted properly unless there is a total media blackout, and the public has to just wait for the outcome, then justice will be very difficult to serve. The way Canada makes it criminal to leak events of a blacked out trial is exactly what this country needs to do. Instead, what most disgusts me most about the this trial, as did the OJ Simpson trial, the publics' facination and support for the type of oversaturated coverage from the likes ofwith Nancy Grace and that other legal vulture who ruin Headline News. The prosecution did a lousy job, the judge did a poor job conducting and managing this trial, but at the end of the day, what undermined this case the most was letting the defense take advantage of the media and the feable minded people whose days revolved around coverage of this trial. Such people are as disgusting to me as the type of party behavior that spoiled brat displayed during the time her daughter was missing.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. patriot1942

    Actually by sentencing her to four years consecutively, even with time off for good behaviour, she will still serve some time. I think this is to her benefit, it will allow some to cool down, before she goes back into society. Seems as though the judge is doing her a favor, because there are those out there now that wouldn't hesitate a minute to kill her.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Al

    This baby killer better be looking over her shoulder every where she goes once she is released!!! She will be shunned!

    July 7, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. Name*james dotson

    casey will need protection where ever she goes. someones going to even the score.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. Charlie Sheen

    I think I just met my future ex wife. WINNING DUH!

    July 7, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. CNNblogger

    The court has it out for her. She should of gotten 1 year probation. People lie to the cops all the time, HELL cops lie to the cops as well for what they call "the better good."

    July 7, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Joy

      Someone who does not understand the difference between "of" and "have", couldn't possibly be able to give a logical opinion. Maybe you should finish first grade before questioning the judiciary.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |

    i am glad casey not goning to prison i wish you peoples will get over it, how do you know she did ? i dont believe she did,she have a right to live anywhere she want to now you nutty people just go home go to work whatever leave that family alone

    July 7, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • WP

      Seriously? She knows exactly what heppened to Caylee and she's covering it up....kinda like if you're an accomplice to a murder but didn't exactly pull the trigger. The fact is, she is guilty of withholding evidence, should have been sentenced with at least involuntary manslaughter because that was her child and she was responsible for her well being, not let her be taped and thrown into the swamp like a piece of garbage. If Casey didn't kill Caylee, she knows how she died for sure, and the only time a person lies is when they're hiding something. Something big in this case.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • alexnden

      I'll go back to work if you go back to school and learn how to put a sentence together and spell correctly.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  14. sillybear

    When this case started weren't her parents paying for her attorney? No one has ever said how the defense will be paid....

    July 7, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Glen

      Pro-bono. It was an investment by the defense team.

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

    Sorry folks. Most people don’t like to hear the truth. The way it SHOULD be told. Let’s stop beating around the bush. Speak frankly:

    The jurors were a bunch of idiots. And the American Judicial system needs to be revamped.
    Many people get out of jury duty. Then unfortunately, we are stuck with the bottom-of-the barrel type of jurors. The dummies. Yes, I said it. The dummies.
    The American Judicial system needs an OVERHAUL. Especially in dealing with the “reasonable doubt” factor. Apparently the dummies couldn’t comprehend this concept.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Acaraho

      And are you one of the dummies that has served on a jury?

      July 7, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Joann

      totally agree with your statement!

      July 7, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Glen

      If you don't like our justice system do something to make improvements, find another country, or find some cheese to go with that whine. We cannot convict someone of murder if we don't know ANY facts about the death. It is still a mystery when it happened, where, how, why or who was present. How much more doubt do you need? Our police and government DO NOT have the power to convict without a trial. I would say fair trial but the judge was practically sitting at the prosecutions table he was so biased. The case against her was so incredibly weak that even with an unfair trial the jury took little time to follow their instructions of the law and come back with the only verdict possible.
      Stop thinking with your heart, stop allowing the media to lead you around by your nose. Grow a spine and think for yourself. There is no evidence. Stop calling other people stupid when your opinion is based on pure ignorance and "feelings". And be careful how you judge other people as you will be judged the same way.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
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