Lindsay Lohan sentenced to 120 days in jail for violating probation
Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to 120 days in jail on Friday, April 22, after a judge ruled that she had violated her 2007 probation by being charged with theft over a missing necklace case.
The judge also sentenced Lohan to 480 hours of community service, adding that 120 hours must be completed at a Los Angeles morgue and 360 hours at a women's center. Lohan's attorney, Shawn Holley, filed an appeal after the ruling at the Friday hearing. Bail for the 24-year-old actress was set at $75,000.
Lohan is currently on probation stemming from a 2007 drunk driving and cocaine possession case and has served time behind bars before.
The actress was taken to a Los Angeles jail in an unmarked sheriff's department vehicle after the hearing and is set to be fingerprinted and have her mug shot taken. A bail bondsman is expected to reach Lohan at the jail later on Friday to get her released.
The judge said the actress had the right to go free on bail while her appeal is reviewed but would have to begin her community service immediately.
Lohan is accused of stealing a 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.
Lohan was earlier this year charged with felony theft charge involving the missing necklace and pleaded not guilty. During Friday's hearing, her charge was reduced to a misdemeanor, which means the actress would receive a lighter sentence if she is convicted of theft, but could still be ordered to serve time up to a year in jail for it.
Lohan pleaded not guilty to the reduced charge on Friday and was ordered to appear at a pretrial hearing on May 11. A trial has been tentatively set for June 3.
During the hearing, the owner of the jewelry store had said Lohan tried on the necklace and asked how much it cost. She said she told the actress it was $2,500. Lohan looked at herself wearing the necklace in the mirror for about 20 minutes, she said, adding that about 10 minutes after the actress left the store, she realized the jewelry piece was missing.
The owner said Lohan told her she would return the following day to see a ring and that she left her employees a note saying to expect the actress and that she had forgotten to return the necklace.
The store clerk said she released a surveillance tape. Video footage that had aired on the television show "Entertainment Tonight" showed Lohan texting on her phone, pacing and talking to a store clerk at the shore.
Lohan has rejected two plea offers to settle the case, which would have carried jail sentences.
Lohan's past three stints behind bars have each lasted 84 minutes, 14 days and 15 hours - the last of which occurred in September 2010 after she failed a drug test and wrote about it on her Twitter page.
Meanwhile, Lohan has been trying to advance her acting career. On Thursday, it was announced that she has been 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.
The actress was previously in talks to portray the late mob boss' daughter Victoria.
Fiore Films, an independent production company, said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com that Lohan had agreed to a two-picture deal with the firm - "Gotti: Three Generations" and "Mob Street."
"I am just grateful for the life i have," Lohan said on her Twitter page early on Friday. "I cannot explain how excited i am to begin working on films again, on top of that- i better get one of my two favorite scripts that i am in love with. my friends know what they both are..... all my love- LL god bless and g'night :)"