'Bling ring' member is released from county jail
A 19-year-old Calabasas woman sentenced to six months in jail for burglarizing actor Orlando Bloom's Hollywood Hills home was released from jail Friday night after serving less than a month of her sentence.
Alexis Neiers, who starred in the E! Entertainment reality show “Pretty Wild” while being prosecuted for her role in the “bling ring” celebrity burglary case, pleaded no contest in May to felony residential burglary charges.
Under her plea deal, Neiers was sentenced to 180 days at the Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood and placed on three years' probation. Because of overcrowding in Los Angeles County's jails, those serving county jail sentences often are released early.
“I’ve had time to reflect on my life and the choices that led me to this experience, left alone in my cell 23 hours a day and having everything stripped away but the bare essentials," Neiers said in a statement released by her publicist. "I did a lot of soul-searching. I feel very humbled and see my life in a way that I have come to be very grateful for and I am also grateful to everyone who has helped and supported me through this.”
“I am now a convicted felon -- convicted of a crime that I did not commit. I was charged with one count of residential burglary and never a suspect in any of the other Hollywood robberies, which is contrary to what some media outlets are incorrectly reporting. However, it gives me an excellent opportunity to reach out to teens and help them grasp the possible consequences of drinking and partying with people you assume are safe and with whom you consider friends. The possible consequences are NOT worth it. I am committed to talking to teens and encouraging them to become goal-oriented and participate in positive activities that give back to their world.”
Neiers' time behind bars overlapped with troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan, who is serving a 90-day sentence for violating the terms of her drunk driving probation. Lohan's Hollywood Hills home was among those targeted by the "bling ring" burglary crew.
During a preliminary hearing in her trial, Los Angeles Police Department officials testified that Neiers admitted entering Bloom’s home July 13, that investigators found stolen items belonging to actresses Rachel Bilson and Lindsay Lohan in her Thousand Oaks home and that another alleged burglar identified her in a security video.
LAPD Officer Brett Goodkin testified that investigators found Lohan's black-and-white Chanel necklace and a Marc Jacobs handbag belonging to Bilson in the bedroom of Neiers' younger sister.
The statement released Friday by Neiers' publicist made note of celebrities who also spent time at the Lynwood Detention Center, which serves as the women's jail for L.A. County. Included were: "Paris Hilton (reckless driving), Daryl Hannah (for her tree-sitting demonstration), Nicole Richie and Khloe Kardashian (drunk driving charges)."
Fans also are offered the chance to sign up for weekly phones calls from Neiers, who promises they will "hear about the experiences I had, what I have learned and what I am going to do to give hope to troubled kids."
Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times
Below: Online Los Angeles County jail records show Neiers' original sentence and her release Friday.