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OTRC: Lindsay Lohan rejects plea deal in necklace theft case

Lindsay Lohan has rejected a plea deal in a felony case involving the alleged theft of a $2,500 necklace, which would have returned the actress to jail.

The 24-year-old appeared at a Los Angeles court on Thursday and told a judge she agreed to delay her case until a preliminary hearing, which was set for April 22.

During that time, prosecutors are expected to present evidence against Lohan and the judge will also determine if she violated her probation stemming from a 2007 drunk driving case.

Lohan is accused of stealing the necklace from Kamofie and Co., a store located in the Venice area of Los Angeles on Jan. 22, three weeks after she was released from court-ordered rehab. She has already pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony grand theft.

A judge had told Lohan that she would be sent to jail for the fourth time if she accepted a plea deal offered by prosecutors.

The judge said that if she changes her mind and wants to settle the necklace case out of court, her lawyer has until March 23 to notify him so "preparations" could be made with law authorities. If there is further evidence she would like to show the judge, she has until that date to do so as well.

If Lohan accepts a plea offer after all, she would then be ordered to appear in court on March 25 and plead either guilty or no contest to the grand theft charge.

Video footage that recently aired on the television show "Entertainment Tonight" showed Lohan texting on her phone, pacing and talking to a store clerk at the shore. She reportedly wore the necklace in question for about 25 minutes before a clerk escorted her out of the shop with a smile.

The Los Angeles Police Department issued a search warrant on Feb. 2 for Lohan's home to try to find the necklace, but it was returned to police before the warrant was served. The store plans to auction off the piece of jewelry and donate the profits to charity after the legal proceedings are over.

Lohan's three stints behind bars have each lasted 84 minutes, 14 days and 15 hours - the last of which occurred in September after she failed a drug test and wrote about it on her Twitter page.

The actress is also currently under investigation in Riverside County in an alleged battery case over a December altercation the actress had with a worker at the Betty Ford Center.

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