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Lindsay Lohan to plead no contest in necklace case

May 1, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Lindsay Lohan has decided to plead no contest to a misdemeanor theft charge, according to a source close to the actress.

Prosecutors in February charged Lohan with felony grand theft on allegations that she took a $2,500 necklace from a Venice boutique.

The charge was reduced last week by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner, who said that she did not think the case warranted a felony prosecution because many other cases involving more serious allegations are reduced to misdemeanors.

Authorities allege the theft occurred roughly three weeks after Lohan, 24, was released from court-ordered rehab at the Betty Ford Center.

No contest pleas are not an admission of guilt, but a judge could still give Lohan a penalty of some kind.

It is not clear when she will enter the plea.

Lohan is due back in court May 11 for a pretrial hearing, but she reportedly wants to put the case behind her and focus on her career.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.