Lindsay Lohan on jail sentence: I support judge's decision
Lindsay Lohan says she supports a ruling by a judge to send her to jail for 120 days and have her complete community service for violating her probation.
The 24-year-old actress, who has served time behind bars before, did not appear in court herself but was ordered on Wednesday to report to a Los Angeles jail by June 17 to begin her sentence, which was first handed down at an April 22 hearing and which she could end up serving at home under house arrest.
Also in court on Wednesday, Lohan was sentenced to three years of probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor theft in a missing $2,500 necklace case.
"I am glad to be able to put this past me and move on with my life and my career," Lohan said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com. "I support the judge's decision and hold myself accountable for being in this situation."
At the April 22 hearing, a judge reduced her theft charges from a felony to a midemeanor and ruled the actress had violated her probation stemming from a 2007 drunk driving and cocaine possession case by being charged with theft in the first place. She was issued her 120-day jail sentence and ordered to complete her community service hours at a women's shelter and in a morgue.
Lohan reported for community service duty days after the ruling.
"I have already started my community service at the Downtown Women's Center and thank everyone there for their warm welcome," Lohan said. 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." The actress' attorney, Shawn Holley made the no contest plea on Lohan's behalf and withdrew an appeal over the actress' jail sentence earlier in the day. The actress was also ordered to undergo psychological counseling, attend a Shoplifters Alternative class and pay several fines.
Since her charge was reduced to a misdemeanor, and because prisons in California are overcrowded, Lohan could end up doing her time inside her own home with an electronic monitoring device.
"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 in a statement.
"She is neither requesting nor receiving special treatment," the attorney added. "Lindsay and I would both like to thank Judge Sautner and the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office for their fair handling of this case."
The judge had said Lohan had been pre-approved for house arrest and Holley says she began the process to request it and it looks like she will be approved. The judge added that Lohan will not be allowed to perform her community service if she is placed under house arrest. The actress was also ordered to return to court for a progress report on July 21.
Lohan has been to jail several times for stints that have lasted between 84 minutes and 14 days, a sentence reduced from 90 days mostly due to overcrowding. Last month, after her sentencing for her probation violation, Lohan spent several hours inside a Los Angeles jail before she was bailed out.
Meanwhile, Lohan has been trying to advance her acting career. She was last month cast as Kim Gotti in the new film "Gotti: Three Generations," which stars John Travolta as mob boss John Gotti, Sr., her character's father-in-law.