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Wednesday
Mar232011

Lindsay Lohan Turns Down DA's Plea Deal

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Lindsay Lohan has rejected a plea deal from the Los Angeles D.A. in the case of a stolen necklace, an offer that would have put her in jail.  She now faces the possibility of going on trial, which could still land her behind bars if she's convicted.

She's reportedly said all along she didn't swipe the $2,500 chain and that she hopes a jury will believe her over the store. The store, Kamofie & Co., has come under fire for trying to profit from the case by selling the surveillance video of the alleged incident.  The next hearing is in April, when a judge will determine if there's enough evidence for Lohan to stand trial.

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Wednesday
Mar232011

Deadline Looms for Lindsay Lohan to Accept Plea Deal

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- If Lindsay Lohan is willing to accept a plea deal in her stolen necklace case, she'd better act fast.

Wednesday is the last day she can accept a plea deal, which, depending on which reports you believe, could put her anywhere between two months and six months behind bars.  If she does take the plea deal, she would plead guilty or no contest to a grand theft charge at a hearing this Friday.

Should Lohan choose to reject the plea deal, a hearing will be held on April 22, at which time a judge will determine if there's enough evidence for Lohan to stand trial.  The court would also determine whether the actress violated the terms of her probation in her 2007 DUI cases with the alleged theft.  Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz, who has been handling the case, would not preside over that hearing.

Lohan is facing allegations that she stole a $2,500 necklace from the Venice, California jewelry store Kamofie & Co in January.

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Wednesday
Mar162011

Report: Lindsay Lohan Offered 60 to 90 Days in Jail

AL SEIB/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The judge presiding over Lindsay Lohan's grand theft case has reportedly told the actress he would sentence her to 60 to 90 days in jail if she accepted a plea deal. Lohan's latest legal trouble stems from accusations she stole a necklace valued at $2,500 from a Venice, California jewelry store Jan. 22.

RadarOnline reports a source close to the situation says Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz has told the Mean Girls star she would serve the sentence in county jail.

Judge Schwartz told Lohan at a hearing last week that she has until March 23 to take a plea deal.  If she does, she would plead guilty or no contest to a grand theft charge at a March 25 hearing.

Lohan has previously indicated she will not accept a plea deal.  If she doesn't change her mind, a hearing will be held April 22, during which another judge will determine if there's enough evidence for the star to stand trial for allegedly stealing the pricey piece of jewelry.

The judge would also determine whether the alleged theft violated the terms of Lohan's probation in her 2007 DUI cases.  She could face up to three years in state prison if convicted.

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Thursday
Mar102011

Judge Gives Lohan More Time to Consider Plea Deal

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- On Thursday,  A Los Angeles judge gave Lindsay Lohan a deadline of March 25 to decide whether she wants to accept a plea deal or go to trial on a felony charge of stealing a $2,500 necklace. The exact terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Clad in a gold leather tunic and black tights and accompanied by her mother, Dina, Lohan stayed silent for most of the hearing in a Los Angeles courtroom. She was also accompanied by her lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley.

If convicted, Lohan could go to California state prison for up to three years. The 24-year-old actress already has been to jail three times in the past three years for DUI, drug possession, and probation violations.

California criminal defense attorney Dana Cole thinks it's unlikely Lohan will serve time for the jewelry case.

"No one's cutting her any breaks," he told ABCNews.com. "This is not a major felony case at all, I doubt she will do any jail time on this felony, it could get reduced to a misdemeanor. The question is the probation violation; that will only be dealt with after the necklace caper is resolved in one way or the other."

At her last appearance on Feb. 23, Judge Keith Schwartz set Lohan's bail at $40,000 -- $20,000 each for both the felony charge and for violation of her probation stemming from her 2007 DUI case. The judge warned Lohan that any plea deal would involve jail time.

"If you plead in front of me, you are going to jail, period!" Schwartz told Lohan during the Feb hearing.

Lohan's only public comments outside of court about the case have been to the TV show "Extra," saying she is embarrassed by the legal spectacle.

"I don't like the attention," she said on Extra. "I don't want that. I want my attention to come through my films, from the work that I'm doing."

But Lohan reportedly has said that the necklace in question was loaned to her by the jewelry store Kamofie & Co. and her assistant returned it to police.

After detectives started looking into the case and began preparing a search warrant, a friend of Lohan's brought the necklace to the Pacific Division police station.

This week Kamofie & Co. sold the rights to the security video of Lohan for an undisclosed price. The store owners said Wednesday they will auction off the necklace and donate the proceeds to charity but they wont be able to do so until the case is resolved since the necklace is being held by prosecutors as evidence.

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