Woman in celebrity 'bling ring' case rejects plea deal
A woman accused of burglarizing the home of actor Orlando Bloom in the "bling ring" celebrity break-in case turned down a plea deal Monday that would have sentenced her to six months or a year in county jail.
Alexis Neiers is now scheduled to begin trial May 10 on a felony burglary charge that could land her in prison for six years if she is convicted.
A judge Monday rejected her request to have the statements she made to police detectives excluded from the case. Superior Court Judge Leslie A. Swain said a videotape of Neiers’ interview showed she understood she had the right to an attorney.
Swain also revealed in court that Neiers, 18, turned down a prosecutor's plea deal that called for her to receive either a year in jail, three years' probation and restitution or six months in jail with a four-year suspended sentence, three years' probation and restitution.
In each case, she would have been required to plead guilty to a felony.
Five other people are charged in the 2008-09 burglaries of celebrities. Victims included Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Audrina Patridge and Rachel Bilson. Neiers has insisted she was intoxicated and unaware she was involved in a break-in. She said she never took any items from Bloom's home.
-- Richard Winton