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Lindsay Lohan pleads no contest in necklace case

May 11, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Lindsay Lohan was not in court Wednesday when her attorney entered a no contest plea in her grand theft case. The actress was sentenced to 120 days in jail, 300 hours at the women's center and 120 hours as a janitor at the Los Angeles County Morgue.

However, it's still unclear whether the actress will go to jail or be placed under house arrest.

Due to overcrowding and other factors, Los Angeles sheriff's officials said Lohan may serve as few as 14 days and is eligible for electronic monitoring at home.

On or before June 17, Lohan must report to the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, where she will be booked. At that time, the eligibility of home monitoring will be decided, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore.

When asked about the possibility of house arrest in similar situations, Whitmore said there are currently 95 men and five women with similar criminal backgrounds as Lohan who are serving their time under house arrest. Ultimately, the matter of house arrest is up to the Probation Department.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner said Lohan will remain on probation until November and should undergo psychological counseling. She is also to stay 100 feet away from Kamofie & Co.

In a written statement, Lohan said she is glad to put to rest a theft case that alleged she took a $2,500 necklace without permission from Kamofie & Co., a Venice jewelry store, on Jan. 22.

"I am glad to be able to put this past me and move on with my life and my career," the statement said. "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 thank everyone there for their warm welcome. 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."

Lohan's attorney, Shawn Holley, also released a statement, saying her client is neither requesting nor receiving special treatment.

"She will seek psychological counseling and attend a Shoplifters Alternative class. As they would with any other defendant with a similar sentence and minimal criminal history, the Sheriff's Department and Probation Department will determine if Lindsay is eligible for electronic monitoring and early release," Holley said.

Lohan's legal troubles date back to a pair of DUI arrests in May 2007 and July 2007.

She spent 13 days in a Los Angeles County jail last summer for violating her probation in the DUI case by missing multiple classes in a court-ordered alcohol education program.

Lohan is slated to begin production on a new film about mob boss John Gotti. She is expected to play the role of his daughter, Victoria Gotti.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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