Lindsay Lohan sentenced to 'structure' — and 30 days in jail
Lindsay Lohan wore black to court on Wednesday, where she admitted violating probation and then said "Yes, your honor" to a sentence of 30 days in jail followed by a strictly structured schedule of therapy and community service.
"This is what you really call putting the keys to the jail in the defendant's pockets," Judge Stephanie Sautner said after detailing the terms of the new sentence to Lohan, who made more eye contact with the judge than has previously been evident on live camera feeds from the courthouse.
Though Sautner ruled out house arrest or electronic monitoring in lieu of jail, Lohan is likely to serve only six days in county lockup because of overcrowding, L.A. Now reported.
Prosecutors told the court that Lohan was a no-show at the Downtown Women's Center for 14 of the 19 shifts she'd scheduled, and worked less than the required four-hour minimum on three of the five times she showed up. When it came to her once-a-week psychological counseling sessions, they said, she'd canceled or rescheduled 12 of 20 appointments.
After her jail time, Lohan is to fulfill her community service and therapy requirements in regular chunks: 12 days at the morgue and four 45-minute therapy sessions per month, with progress-hearing dates set for January, February and March. Though she can't leave the country, and can leave the state only for holiday visits with family, Lohan is free to finish up sooner than March 29, if she can pull it off.
Mess up, however, and about a year and a half of jail time falls on her head, no questions asked. Everything stems, of course, from a couple of 2007 DUI arrests and a no-contest plea on misdemeanor theft earlier this year.
"From what I can see of you, you need a structure, and this gives you a structure," Sautner said.
Rather than ordering her into custody immediately, Sautner told Lohan to surrender within a week, a break that may have been negotiated, sources told TMZ, so Lindsay could fulfill the terms of her big-bucks photo contract with Playboy.
Sautner said she'd tried to get another women's shelter to take Lohan as a volunteer, but couldn't find a taker. However, she said, "The morgue is willing to keep you."
After suggesting Lohan nix any tweets about her morgue duty, the judge said the coroner's office had agreed to stop holding its own news conferences about her behavior at its house. (Think: the Alleged Unwanted Cupcake Incident.)
Unlike her last visit to court, Lohan afterward was escorted out the front door — and right before the mike cut off at the end of the hearing, a young female voice could be heard whispering: "Oh, thank God."
— Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Lindsay Lohan in court Wednesday with attorney Shawn Chapman Holley at her side. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Pool / European Pressphoto Agency