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Conrad Murray to Be Sentenced Tuesday Morning

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Approximately three weeks after he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death, Conrad Murray will be sentenced by a Los Angeles judge Tuesday morning.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Pacific time.  The doctor has been in jail since his conviction.

Prosecutors are calling for a four-year prison sentence for Murray.  His lawyers have asked the judge to sentence him to probation.

ABC News legal analyst Royal Oakes has speculated that if Murray does get the maximum sentence, it's possible he won't spend much time behind bars due to overcrowding.  Because of overcrowded conditions at California prisons, a new policy keeps non-violent offenders in county jails rather than prison.  If he does receive a prison sentence, Murray may end up doing his time at the L.A. County Jail.

Murray's mother is hoping that his sentence will be a light one.

E! News reports that in a letter Milta Rush wrote for his defense team that will be presented at Tuesday's hearing, she said, "He has never been in trouble with the law before and I am barely standing, scared and worried sick about him being incarcerated."

Murray had been accused of administering a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol to Jackson in 2009.

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Prosecutors Want Four-Year Prison Sentence for Conrad Murray

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Prosecutors in the Conrad Murray case want a Los Angeles judge to sentence Michael Jackson's doctor to four years in prison, according to court documents filed last week.

Prosecutors also said they want Murray to pay $100 million to Jackson's children for profits lost when the King of Pop died in June of 2009.

Murray's defense team also filed court documents last week, asking the judge to sentence the doctor to probation.  Murray will be sentenced on Tuesday.

Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death on Nov. 7, and has been in jail since then.

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Lindsay Lohan Pleads No Contest to Misdemeanor Theft Charge

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Through her attorney, Lindsay Lohan pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor theft charge in a Los Angeles courtroom, stemming from the actress' alleged theft of a $2,500 necklace from the Venice, California jewelry store Kamofie & Co. in January. The 24-year-old actress wasn't required to attend Wednesday's court proceedings, and was not present.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner sentenced Lohan to 120 days in jail for the theft, and also ordered her to perform 480 hours of community service.  Lohan, who was ordered to report to jail June 17, will serve the 120 days concurrently with the 120 days she was sentenced to serve for violating her probation in her 2007 DUI conviction.  However, due to jail overcrowding, it's expected Lohan may only serve 14 days total, and will likely serve that time under house arrest.

Judge Sautner said the reason she didn't reduce Lohan's time Wednesday was because she'd already cut the actress a break in allowing her to serve the sentences concurrently and at home.  Said Sautner, "Any early release on house arrest would seem to be a triple bonus. It's like shopping at Costco, you're getting all sorts of volume discounts."  She also said Lohan wouldn't be able to fulfill her community service requirements while under house arrest.

Of the 120-day sentence, Lohan was given credit for two served. She'll also have to finish 480 hours of community service, pay a fine, and avoid the Kamofie & Co. boutique. Lohan was also sentenced to three years of formal probation.

In a statement, the Mean Girls star said, "I am glad to be able to put this past me and move on with my life and my career. 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...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."

Meantime, probation officials say Lindsay Lohan's scuffle with a Betty Ford Center employee back in December of last year apparently was alcohol-related, as rumored.  According to People magazine, the probation report says Lohan did indeed drink on the night of the altercation after she sneaked out of the facility to party -- which is exactly what the former staffer Dawn Holland had accused her of doing.  Holland also accused Lohan of roughing her up on the night in question, but was quickly fired for telling her story to TMZ, a violation of patient confidentiality. Police never charged Lohan, citing lack of evidence. 

According to People, the probation report also says Lohan was suspected of walking out of other jewelry stores wearing items she didn't purchase, but no charges were ever filed in those alleged incidents.

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Lindsay Lohan Sentenced to Jail for Violating Probation

Toby Canham/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Lindsay Lohan has been sentenced to 120 days in jail for violating her probation and was taken into custody immediately in the courtroom.

Lohan's attorney, Shawn Holley, said the actress will appeal the ruling, which will allow Lohan to post bail.

Lohan previously has been jailed three times.

Earlier, Sautner had reduced Lohan's grand theft case to a misdemeanor. She pleaded not guilty to that misdemeanor charge.

Sautner refused to dismiss the case against Lohan regarding a necklace she allegedly stole on Jan. 22, but said she often sees more serious cases that get reduced to misdemeanors.

In making her ruling to reduce the charges, Sautner said, "I'm going to give her an opportunity."

The misdemeanor has a potential penalty of a year in jail; the felony had a potential penalty of three years in jail.

The decision came after Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers concluded her case against Lohan after calling four witnesses, including the owner of Kamofie and Co., the store from which Lohan allegedly stole the necklace, an employee of the store, and two police officers who handled Lohan's case.

Prior to Sautner's ruling, Holley asked her to dismiss the charge altogether, saying "This is not a stealth, crafty crime."

As Holley spoke, Lohan started tearing up and a bailiff gave her tissues.

During the hearing, Kamofie and Co. owner Sofia Kaman revealed that the necklace Lohan is accused of stealing cost far less than its $2,500 price tag. She said she paid $850 for the necklace.

Asked by prosecutor Danette Meyers why the necklace was marked up to $2,500, Kaman said it's common to mark up jewelry two to three times what the manufacturer charges.

Things got contentious when Lohan's lawyer, Holley, questioned Kaman and the issue of Lohan's cleavage came up several times. Holley tried to establish if Kaman was paying attention to Lohan's chest while Lohan was in the store and if Kaman should have noticed Lohan walking out with the necklace.

At one point, the tone of the questioning prompted Sautner to tell Holley and Kaman to be more respectful.

Before Kaman, Tinelli Comsookri, a salesperson at Kamofie and Co, said that Lohan tried on a pair of $1,180 earrings four days prior to the necklace incident and tried to walk out of the store wearing one of the earrings. Comsookri said that when he stopped Lohan, she apologized and gave back the piece of jewelry.

Comsookri emailed Kaman afterwards to tell her what happened.

Holley asked if Kaman was more observant of Lohan than she normally would be because of the earring incident.

Lohan arrived for the 10 a.m. PT hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court with a tight black top, wide-legged blue pants, a cream scarf and her hair pulled up. Lohan's estranged father, Michael Lohan, arrived before her, shortly after 9 a.m. PT.

The 24-year-old actress, who turned down an earlier plea deal regarding the necklace case, had sought to get the Good Friday hearing pushed back, citing religious beliefs. The judge apparently was not persuaded by Lohan's attempt to put off the hearing.

Lohan has denied any wrongdoing. She has maintained that the store let her borrow the necklace and her assistant returned it to police. She was arraigned in February on one felony grand theft charge.

Lohan has been to jail three times in the past three years for DUI, drug possession and probation violations.

Amid her legal troubles, the actress is trying to rebuild her career. This week, she secured a role in Gotti: Three Generations, an upcoming movie about mob boss John Gotti that will star John Travolta. She posed alongside the film's cast and the Gotti family at a press conference in New York last week.

The Mean Girls star acknowledged last month that rebuilding her reputation in Hollywood won't be easy.

"I miss being on set," she said in an interview with the entertainment news show Extra. "I know there is going to be a lot of steps I'll have to go through to prove myself again and get the trust from people I respect to work with."

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