Added by Elivia DeVries on April 23, 2011
A judge has sentenced US starlet Lindsay Lohan to four months jail along with community service at the Los Angeles County morgue and a women’s centre for violating her probation.
On Friday Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner ruled that the 24-year-old had violated her probation for a 2007 drug and drink-driving offence when she allegedly stole a $US2500 ($A2345) necklace from a jewellery store in Venice Beach where she lives.
Sautner said Lohan, who only returned the necklace when she learnt that Los Angeles Police were serving her with a search warrant, should have given it back immediately after she realised she had taken it with her.
Lohan’s lawyer immediately announced that the actress would appeal the sentence, She was expected to be released on $US75000 ($A70000) bail.
Earlier, Lohan scored a legal victory of sorts when Sautner reduced her charge for stealing the necklace from a felony to a misdemeanour
A preliminary hearing is set for May 11 and the trial, if it does take place, will be due to kick off on June 3.
Prosecutor Danette Meyers denounced Sautner’s decision, which would limit Lohan’s potential jail time to a year or less for the alleged theft – down from three years if she had been convicted on the grand theft charge. Meyers said Lohan deserved jail time.
During Friday’s hearing, the jewellery shop’s manager said she had noticed the necklace had disappeared 10 minutes after Lohan left the store.
Another employee said Lohan had almost made off with a diamond earring four days earlier, before she stopped the star in time.