Lindsay Lohan pleads no contest to jewelry theft
Actress Lindsay Lohan pleaded no contest Wednesday morning to a misdemeanor theft charge and was sentenced to 120 days in jail for a probation violation.
The plea in the case, in which Lohan was accused of taking a necklace from a Venice jewelry store, was entered by Lohan's attorney Shawn Holley. Lohan did not appear at the LAX Airport Courthouse.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner put Lohan on three years probation. She ordered Lohan to attend shoplifting counseling.
The court proceedings Wednesday end a months-long legal saga over the theft of a $2,500 necklace from a Venice jewelry store. Video surveillance from the store showed Lohan wearing the one-of-a-kind necklace. She was later photographed by paparazzi wearing the same necklace. Lohan has always maintained that she did not steal it.
The actress had already scored a major victory in the case last month when Sautner reduced the felony grand theft charge to a misdemeanor. L.A. County Deputy Dist. Atty. Danette Meyers had sought jail time for Lohan, but she handed the case over to the L.A. city attorney's office last week.
Sautner had the authority to sentence Lohan to jail time or electronic monitoring.
Sautner restated her order for Lohan to serve 120 days in jail for violating her 2007 drunk-driving probation by allegedly taking the necklace.
Steve Whitmore, a Sheriff's Department spokesman, said a 120-day sentence would probably be reduced to about 71 days for good behavior. Given jail overcrowding, actual time served would be closer to 14 days. Female inmates currently held for nonviolent offenses typically serve about 20% of their sentences, he said.
Lohan also was ordered to perform 480 hours of community service at a downtown women's center and the Los Angeles County morgue.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Lindsay Lohan in court on March 10. The actress Wednesday pleaded no contest to theft charges. Credit: David McNew / EPA