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

April 22, 2011 |  4:34 pm

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