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Lindsay Lohan considers theft plea, 'wants to get all this behind her,' source says

May 2, 2011 |  6:42 am

Lindsay Lohan considers theft plea, 'wants to get all this behind her,' source says Lindsay Lohan would like to plead no contest to charges that she stole a necklace from a Venice jewelry store, according to a source knowledgable about the case.

The source, who is familiar with Lohan's thinking but spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the actress wants "to get this all behind her and move forward in a positive and productive way" and that a no-contest plea "would be consistent with that."

Last month, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner reduced the charge in the case from a felony to a misdemeanor, a move that could significantly reduce the amount of time Lohan would spend behind bars if convicted. The judge said she thought the reduction of the charge was justified and that it occurs all the time in less high-profile cases.

Lohan's next court hearing is scheduled for May 11. Any plea deal would most likely coincide with or would be before that court date, the source said, stressing that things could always change.

Sautner ruled that Lohan violated her probation by taking a necklace at a Venice jewelry store and sentenced her to 120 days in jail.

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


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-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Actress Lindsay Lohan arrives at the Airport Courthouse April 22. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times