'Bling Ring' member Alexis Neiers sentenced to drug treatment after heroin episode
Alexis Neiers, the star of an E! reality show and a convicted member of the "Bling Ring" celebrity burglary crew, was sentenced Thursday to a year in a Malibu drug treatment center after she was found with black tar heroin.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza handed down the sentence, warning the 19-year-old that he would send her to prison if she came before him on another drug charge. She will spend the next year in the Malibu SOBA Recovery Center, he said.
Neiers was arrested Dec. 1 after probation officers found black tar heroin in her Thousand Oaks home along with a fake Florida driver’s license during a search conducted after she failed to check in with them as required under her probation terms.
Neiers' attorney, Tariq Khero, said his client had an addiction and argued before Espinoza that a residential treatment program would be far more successful than time behind bars.
At that time, Neiers pleaded no contest to second-degree residential burglary and was sentenced to six months in jail and three years probation for a July 2009 break-in at the Hollywood home of actor Orlando Bloom.
Prosecutors argued in court filings that Neiers had ignored the basic requirements of probation after her release from County Jail when she failed to check in with the probation department and had not paid the required restitution ordered by a judge at the time of her conviction.
Neiers served 29 days of her six-month jail sentence.
“She had to report to probation by checking in at a kiosk, she had to make restitution payments adjusted to her income level and she had to avoid committing any new crimes. She has failed on every count,” Baker wrote. “By her actions and by her inactions, she has disrespected the Court and her own word."
-- Richard Winton