Lindsay Lohan to work at morgue as part of sentence
Lindsay Lohan can expect to be around dead bodies as she performs her court-ordered community service work, which was handed down as part of a sentence for violating her probation.
On Friday, April 22, the 24-year-old actress appeared at a hearing regarding a $2,500 necklace that was reported missing from a jewelry store. She pleaded not guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor theft.
After reviewing evidence and hearing from witnesses, a judge determined that the actress had not obeyed the law and had therefore violated her probation stemming from a 2007 drunk driving and cocaine possession case.
The judge ordered Lohan to serve 120 days in jail and perform 480 hours of community service - including 120 hours, or 15 days, at the Los Angeles County morgue.
"Lindsay will have to perform janitorial work - she will be required to clean toilets, vacuum, throw away trash and work in the maintenance department," Los Angeles County Coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "She won't touch dead bodies, but she will be around them."
Lohan's work schedule will begin at around 8 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. and she will not be allowed to go outside the building during her lunch break.
Before beginning her work at the morgue, Lohan must first complete the bulk of community service hours at a women's shelter, the judge ruled. The actress has until the end of this week to register for her duties at the Downtown Women's Center in Los Angeles.
The judge picked the location because she wanted the actress to see how needy women live. She chose the morgue as an additional venue because she wanted Lohan to see the consequences of drunk driving.
On Friday, after her sentencing, Lohan spent several hours inside a Los Angeles jail before she was bailed out. The actress' attorney has since filed an appeal on the judge's probation violation ruling. Both that case as well as the one regarding the reduced necklace theft charge are currently under review.
Lohan's has been to jail before - her 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 April 21, 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.