The parties convened in a Florida Courtroom today before Judge Belvin Perry for sentencing on those counts. The prosecution argued that the lies, which they said were told during three separate statements given to police over the course of 12 hours, were intended to mislead law enforcement and sent them on a “wild good chase” during their search for young Caylee. Anthony's attorneys argued that since the lies were told on July 16, 2008, all four should be regarded as one continuous criminal act and should be reduced to one conviction.
Judge Perry agreed with the prosecution. In pronouncing sentence he said,
“As a result of those four separate and distinct lies, law enforcement expended a great deal of time, energy and manpower looking for young Caley Marie Anthony. … Just as the jury spoke loud and clear on counts one two and three by their verdict, they also spoke loud and clear as to the remaining counts, four, five, six and seven. There being no legal cause shown why this court should not impose sentence, and the court having previously adjudged you to be guilty on counts 4,5,6,and 7, I will sentence you to one year in orange county jail, imposing a $1000 fine on each count.”
Judge Perry ordered all four counts to run consecutively rather than the less punitive choice of concurrent sentencing. His ruling meant Casey has to return to jail after sentencing, however he also gave her credit for the time she had previously served, meaning she could be released from jail as soon as August. Perry also imposed statutory court costs. When asked if they wished to appeal the ruling, Casey’s attorney, Jose Baez, claimed their right to take 30 days to either file for an appeal or forfeit their right to such an appeal.