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Lindsay Lohan needs to 'see how women who have fallen on real hard times have to live,' judge says

April 22, 2011 |  5:52 pm

Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner
The judge in the Lindsay Lohan necklace theft case said she hopes the jail sentence and community service requirement she handed down Friday will change the troubled actress.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner ruled that Lohan had violated her probation by taking a necklace from a Venice jewelry store. She sentenced her to 120 days in jail and 480 hours of community service at a downtown women's center and the Los Angeles County morgue.

"Perhaps she might see how women who have fallen on real hard times have to live and maybe she will change," Sautner said.

The judge said Lohan only returned the necklace when she learned a search warrant was being served by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Lindsay Lohan in court Lohan immediately said she would appeal the sentence. She 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.

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.

"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 the 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

Top image: In this courtroom sketch, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner is seen during a preliminary hearing for actress Lindsay Lohan at the Airport Courthouse.

Credit: Mona Edwards / Associated Press

Bottom image: Actress Lindsay Lohan in court.

Credit: Mona Edwards / Associated Press