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Lindsay Lohan is sentenced to 120 days in jail for violating her probation in necklace theft case [Updated]

Lohan_main)lk2n9tnc A judge ruled Friday that Lindsay Lohan violated her probation by taking a necklace at a Venice jewelry store and sentenced her to 120 days in jail.

Lohan also was sentenced to 480 hours of community service at a downtown women's center and the Los Angeles County morgue.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner said Lohan only returned the necklace when she learned a search warrant was being served by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Lohan immediately said she would appeal the sentence. [Updated, 4:45 p.m.: Lohan was expected to be released on $75,000 bail.]

Earlier in the day, Sautner reduced the charge the actress faces for allegedly stealing the necklace from a felony to a misdemeanor.

The change greatly reduces the amount of jail time the star could face if convicted. It also opens the door to possible settlement talks.

Prosecutor Danette Meyers said she will seek to overturn Sautner's decision on the misdemeanor charge, which would limit how long Lohan could serve in jail to no more than one year.

[Updated, 5:06 p.m.: "The judge abused her discretion in this case," Meyers said. "It was a felony filing because the defendant was on probation.... She has violated on numerous occasions ... the evidence was incredibly strong.]

The owner of a Venice jewelry store testified Friday that 10 minutes after she closed her store Jan. 22, she noticed that Lohan had left with a pricey necklace.


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 -- Richard Winton

Photo: Actress Lindsay Lohan arrives at the Airport Courthouse. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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hmmm.....And the African American or Hispanic 18 year old caught with weed or having sex with his 16 year old girlfriend would be incarcerated for years

we are sick of these celebs and the people who cater to them. This judge is a jerk.

It must be nice knowing you can do anything you want and the Courts will let you walk. Downgrading the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor is a joke. The judge said she reduced the charge because she though Lohan intended to return the necklace but forgot. What!! So if I rob a bank and I tell the police I was going to take the money back they'll let me off. Try that next time and see what happens. Lohans a thief who should be locked up.

It has been said the 99% of all lawyers give the other 1% a bad name.

If judges are just lawyers wearing black robes and this is a logic problem, what's the answer?

"Woe to those who enact evil statutes, And to those who constantly record unjust decisions" Isaiah 10

"Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness" Isaiah 5

the judge will be judged someday. L.L. deserved 2 years in jail.

Will there ever be a day when we are no longer seeing this sad excuse?

As an attorney, I am surprised and dismayed at the Judge for unilaterally reducing the theft charges from a felony to a misdemeanor, especially in view of the probation violation. That would never happen in our courts. I hope the prosecutor follows up. This is a clear abuse of judicial discretion.

The judge abused her discretion on this case horribly so. What's the point of a prosecutor, defense attorneys and a jury if the judge is going to just cast everything aside to make her ruling? She needs to be impeached. There was absolutely NO BASIS for reducing the felony charge to a misdemeanor. That's only done with the prosecutor's agreement and the prosecutor won't do that on a strong case, and especially with someone still on probation of a probation of a probation.....This is ridiculous. No wonder Hollywood types do what they want. Judges are star crossed.

Its time that all Hollywood trials be automatically subject to a change of venue. Not for the sake of the defendant but for the sake of justice. California judges are too star crossed to rule on their heros.

Prison is WAY OVERDUE for LL. I would hope that the same "justice" would apply to ANYONE who has done what she has. I cannot understand why celebrities are usually given a "free pass". It may well be that MOST low-lifes get a "free pass" and I just don't know it because they don't make "news". Regardless, her sentence is already way too little, way too late. Only wish I thought it was ACTUALLY going to happen.

When you see 'Lady Justice' blindfolded..........it's to keep her from seeing the cash under the table in our justice system.

"Celebrity" Justice...

i feel so bad for lindsay, coummity service at a morgue, is not a good idea, this da and judge should have to go a morgue, and see what go on there, they should have to work there, i saw my own brother died in my own bath room , you never get over it, i wish lindsay the very best, god bless you, i will keep praying for you and your family, take care, be safe,

Why did the Judge reduce the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor? Do you
think they would have done that for you? Hell no! That Judge is a fan of hers!

The Judge should be removed from the bench. The prosecutor is right. Linz deserves to have the book thrown at her. This leniency is setting the wrong example for our youth.

Have the judge take the felony theft II charge in that case and prosecute the judge to the max.Somebody needs to be prosecuted for this out of control lunatic who is allowed to carry on all in the name of fame and fortune.
No sissified plea bargaining for the felon.
Carry out the sentence immediately after the verdict has been read.

America the Beautiful needs to realize that lawyers have their grubby little fingers in all ares where money is to be had and stolen.
lawyers have made a mockery of the Justice system and the Constitution.

Girl walks on water.

Obviously Lindsay Lohan has been given a free pass to commit whatever crime she feels compelled to do. She can do whatever she wants to do without fear of jail time or penalty. The LA legal system has given her a lifetime "Get out of Jail Free" card. Way to go Lindsay!

Typical Ca. judge response. Reduce the charges. Remember "Rosie and the Supremes"? The judge that took everyone off death row? Ca. has become so liberal, it's now competition to see who can out-liberal the other one. Lohan is nothing but a narcistic loser. She needs to go to prison for what she did. She needs to be in a cell with others that are there for less and did not have the money to spend on crackpot lawyers looking for headlines. She's a dope infected LOSER !!!!!!

I saw the video and read the account of what happened. Lindsay hung around and spoke with the store owner and clerk FOR OVER HALF AN HOUR while wearing the necklace, and the clerk opened the door for her when Lindsay left, having full view of the necklace around Lindsay's neck! I think it was a publicity stunt on the part of the store, and Lindsay is paying the price for their cold abuse of her celebrity. It's a gross miscarriage of justice that this ever got to court at all, except that it should be the STORE OWNER who should be prosecuted for a false accusation of theft.

Lindsay Lohan is out on bail, but she’s reportedly angry about her four-month jail sentence. She’s is ready to serve her jail time, but feels frustrated because she’s been trying to turn her life around.

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