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Lindsay Lohan attorney says actress is open to a plea deal to avoid jail time, continue recovery

February 10, 2011 |  1:31 pm

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Lindsay Lohan's attorney said Thursday that the actress did not steal a $2,500 necklace from a Venice jewelry store but said she was open to a plea deal.

"Ms. Lohan maintains her innocence, and now that I've seen the police reports, I believe the case is entirely defensible," attorney Shawn Chapman Holley said in an interview with CNN. "Having said that, we will entertain a discussion concerning a plea if it means no jail so that she can move forward with her recovery and her career."

The actress entered a not guilty plea in the case Wednesday before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Keith L. Schwartz, but the judge immediately revoked her probation related to a 2007 drunk driving conviction.

Lohan Wednesday pleaded not guilty to felony grand theft charges of stealing the necklace.

She posted a $40,000 bond and was released.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Danette Meyers asked that Lohan and her "agents" stay away from the store, which reported being "somewhat alarmed" at receiving flowers after the incident. The judge agreed and told the actress to stay away.

The judge on Wednesday admonished Lohan.

"You're in a different situation now that a felony has been filed against you," Schwartz told Lohan in court. "If you violate the law, I will remand you and set no bail and your attorney won't be successful this time.... You need to follow the laws just like everybody else.... You're no different than anyone else, so please don't push your luck."

The source said detectives have been trying to theorize why Lohan would want to take the necklace, which appears to be far less valuable than other jewelry the actress has worn. The court documents did not make reference to a motive.

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Photo: Photographs and reporters swarm the Airport Courthouse as Lindsay Lohan arrives for a hearing on felony grand theft charges. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times

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