Sunday, April 24, 2011

Lindsay Lohan gets 120 days' jail on probation violation, faces misdemeanor instead of felony theft charge

Lindsay Lohan won some and lost some Friday in court as the judge reduced a felony grand theft charge against her to a misdemeanor, then decided that the actress had nonetheless violated her probation, drawing a sentence of 120 days in jail plus 480 hours of community service.
Lohan will appeal the sentence handed down by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner, L.A. Now reports. The actress had been on probation related to a pair of DUI arrests in 2007.
On the good-news side for Lohan: She was expected to be released on $75,000 bail on the probation violation, L.A. Now said, and risks significantly less time behind bars if convicted of a misdemeanor rather than a felony regarding a necklace that went missing Jan. 22 from a Venice boutique. Lohan has maintained her innocence and previously refused a plea bargain that would have involved jail time.
According to L.A. Now, reporting from the Airport Courthouse on Friday, Kamofie and Co. store owner Sofia Kaman testified she didn't see the actress walk out of the store wearing the necklace but would have stopped her if she'd noticed. She said Lohan wore the necklace in the store for half an hour, checking it out in the mirror. Kaman also characterized the actress' male companion as a decoy who distracted her with conversation while Lohan put her own necklace back on over the item in question before walking out, according to TMZ.
Attorney Shawn Chapman Holley had asked the court to reduce the value of the necklace (priced $2,500 at retail) to $950, which would the matter out of the realm of grand theft. Kaman confirmed the shop had purchased the item for $850 from the designer.

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