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Lindsay Lohan: Time running out to accept plea deal in necklace theft case

March 23, 2011 |  7:23 am

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Time is running out for actress Lindsay Lohan to decide whether she will accept a plea deal in her necklace theft case or go to court.

Lohan is supposed to tell a judge by Friday whether she will take a deal. Sources have told The Times that she is mulling an offer that would have her spend no more than 90 days in jail if she pleaded guilty to grand theft.

Despite the offer last week by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz to Lohan's lawyer, the actress has so far refused to consider any time in jail and has insisted she never took anything intentionally, the sources said. If need be, she will go to trial, according to the sources.

Schwartz told the "Mean Girls" actress she could either show up on that date and accept a plea deal that would include some jail time or not appear at all and the case would be set for a hearing before Judge Stephanie Sautner. The hearing would determine whether there was sufficient evidence to try the case.

Schwartz warned Lohan that Sautner would hear the jewelry theft case while also considering whether the conduct amounted to a violation of Lohan's probation on a 2007 misdemeanor drunk-driving conviction.

Sautner could jail Lohan on the probation violation if she finds the actress in violation even before a trial on the Jan. 22 alleged necklace theft.

Schwartz previously warned Lohan that any settlement would result in her going to jail. He also said she would need to enter court-supervised therapy and have a 12-step program sponsor independent of her family and friends.

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-- Richard Winton

Photo: Photographers and reporters swarm Lindsay Lohan as she arrives for a hearing on felony grand theft charges at the L.A. Airport Courthouse on Feb. 9. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times

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