Lindsay Lohan ready to 'move on with my life and my career'
Hours after being convicted of misdemeanor theft and learning she faces 120 days in jail or possible home detention, actress Lindsay Lohan said she hopes the spotlight will move from her to important issues such as homelessness and domestic violence.
“I am glad to be able to put this past me and move on with my life and my career," Lohan said in a statement. "I support the judge’s decision and hold myself accountable for being in this situation.
"I have already started my community service at the Downtown Women’s Center and thank everyone there for their warm welcome. I hope to be able to fulfill my obligation without any press attention. I think the media spotlight should be on issues such as homelessness and domestic violence instead of on me.”
Even with a 120-day jail sentence for violating probation, Lohan would probably serve only a fraction of that time.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said a 120-day sentence effectively is reduced to 71 days because of good behavior, and with overcrowding is reduced to about 14 days.
"She is neither receiving or requesting special treatment," Lohan's attorney Shawn Holley said at a news conference after Wednesday's court hearing, in which the attorney entered Lohan's no-contest plea to a misdemeanor theft charge for taking a necklace from a Venice jewelry store.
Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner, citing a federal mandate on L.A. County jail overcrowding, said she could not dictate to Sheriff Lee Baca whether Lohan should serve jail time or home detention.
"It is like shopping at Costco with a triple discount," Sautner said of the notion that Lohan could end up with a short monitored home detention.
Last month, Sautner ruled that the necklace incident was a violation of Lohan's probation in a drunk-driving case.
Sautner ordered Lohan to spend 120 days in jail and serve 480 hours of community service, but Lohan quickly appealed that sentence. Holley said Wednesday that the actress was dropping the appeal.
Lohan must surrender to the Sheriff's Department on June 17, at which time a decision will be made on whether she qualifies for home monitoring.
Under the electronic monitoring, she would be required to wear an ankle bracelet and remain in home detention.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Lindsay Lohan last month in New York City. Credit: Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images for Fiore Films