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Lindsay Lohan will enter a plea of no contest to the misdemeanor theft charge she faces over the alleged necklace theft she commented earlier this spring.

Despite insisting she is innocent, Lindsay is committed to what she told Jay Leno this week - she wants to accept responsibility and move on with her life.

As a result, Lohan and lawyer Shawn Holley will go back to Judge Stephanie Sautner as early as next week to enter a plea and end the case. Then what?

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Lindsay was already sentenced to 120 days in jail for a probation violation, along with 480 hours of community service, at a preliminary hearing last week.

By pleading no contest to the theft charge, Lindsay is banking on Judge Sautner not adding additional prison time onto the 120 days for the theft charge.

In other words, LiLo serves 120 days for the probation violation and that's that.

Given that she had the option of a plea deal (which she turned down) to serve less than that for the theft charge originally, that's how it'll likely go down.

Assuming it does, what do you think of Lohan's jail sentence?

 

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Lindsay Lohan caught a huge break yesterday when the felony grand theft charge against her was reduced to a misdemeanor by Judge Stephanie Sautner.

The judge felt that the nature of the alleged crime and the value of the necklace in question simply did not warrant a felony charge. PHEW, right?

Of course, LiLo is still on probation for her 2007 DUI arrest, and Sautner was far less lenient in that regard. She sentenced her to 120 days in county jail!

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Lindsay has been remanded into custody and taken to the courthouse basement to be booked. She is allowed to post bail pending an appeal of the ruling.

This being Lohan, she's been down this road so many times before and was well prepared. She posted $75,000 bail and was back on the street within hours.

LiLo was also ordered to complete 480 hours of community service for the offense, 360 of which must be performed at L.A.'s Downtown Women's Center.

There, Lindsay can see how needy women really have to live in this society. The remaining 120 hours of her service will be done at the L.A. County morgue.

So she's free for now, but we expect her to lose that appeal and be back to Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, Calif., soon. Here's why ...

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This 911 tape offers new insight into the argument that went down between Lindsay Lohan and Betty Ford Center staff member Dawn Holland last December.

Holland claims she busted Lindsay and two other girls jumping a wall (yes, really) at Betty Ford around 1 a.m. December 12, after their rehab-imposed curfew.

During the 911 call, Lindsay and Dawn were both on the line on separate phones (yes, really). You know the backstory, now hear it for yourself ...

When Holland, who has since been fired by BF, tried to make the train wreck take a breathalyzer, she says "Lindsay Lohan pushed me and hit me with the phone."

Dawn claims the girls Lindsay was with were drunk, "reeking of alcohol."

During the call, Dawn claims she grabbed the phone to talk to the dispatcher, only to have Lindsay rip the phone away, spraining Dawn's wrist in the process.

Thus the allegations of assault that Dawn made. The Riverside County D.A. took its time investigating, but declined to prosecute Lindsay over the incident.

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If Lindsay Lohan, who will stand trial for felony grand theft, thought her legal problems couldn't get worse, another past brush with the law has resurfaced.

Police are reigniting their investigation into allegations that Lohan attacked Betty Ford staffer Dawn Holland late last year. Remember that melee in rehab?

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We know, it's hard to keep LiLo and her alleged felonies straight.

The old days (December) of rehabbin' it in Palm Springs.

The Riverside County D.A.'s Office sent investigators to meet with witnesses who were with Lindsay on December 12, during her tussle with Dawn Holland.

Cops told the witnesses they were conducting the investigation because the D.A. is still deciding whether to pursue criminal assault charges against Lohan.

Officials want to know if the witness could testify if it was Lindsay or Dawn who was the "aggressor" during that infamous night when the two got into it.

Accounts differ, but reports say LiLo came back to rehab past curfew, Holland asked her to take a breathalyzer, LiLo refused, and blows were exchanged.

Holland's story and level of cooperation have shifted a lot, and the witnesses in the case have not given the D.A. an air-tight case. But it's not over ... yet.

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Well, this comes as a surprise ... and yet not. Lindsay Lohan apparently will NOT take the plea deal the judge offered in her felony grand theft case.

The troubled star, who insists she is innocent and did not steal that $2,500 necklace, will proceed to trial and hope to remain free in the meantime.

Lindsay's case is now assigned to Judge Stephanie Sautner - considered "a tough but fair" judge - with a preliminary hearing is set for April 22.

Tight Dress on Lindsay

She faces both jail and prison as the case moves on. Here's why ...

If Judge Sautner thinks Lindsay Lohan violated probation, she could be jailed pending trial. Then, if Lindsay is convicted of grand theft, state prison beckons.

The fact that she could be thrown in jail for a probation violation before her grand theft trial made a plea bargain and three months in jail seem pretty light.

Still, it wasn't without its own set of risks. If she copped a plea, which she was considering seriously, she would have been placed on three years' probation.

LiLo? Staying clean for three years? ROFL. Might as well go b@lls out now.

In short, she's hoping the judge will NOT rule on the probation violation until a verdict is reached in the grand theft case, and that she'll be cleared there.

Smart move? You tell us: Should Lindsay have taken the plea deal?

 

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The good news for Lindsay Lohan? The judge in her grand theft case is serving as the go-between in plea negotiations between Team LiLo and prosecutors.

The bad news? He thinks Lindsay should do time.

Lindsay will appear today before Judge Keith L. Schwartz and prosecutor Danette Meyers, who will offer her lawyer, Shawn Holley, a formal plea bargain.

Meyers already told Holley that doing time is not negotiable, while Lindsay is scared of jail and refuses to accept this. So where do they go from here?

Back to the Slammer

THIN ICE: Lindsay is skating on it, to say the least.

Judge Schwartz will propose that Lindsay accept some jail time for a probation violation (she's still on probation for her 2007 DUI arrest, after all).

In return, he'll offer the actress three years felony probation for the grand theft case, which is more than generous given that it's a felony case.

Of course, the caveat is that if she screws up during that probationary period, she'll be headed to STATE prison, not the county lockup. Yikes.

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As predicted, troubled star Lindsay Lohan was formally charged with a felony count of grand theft after allegedly bogarting a necklace from a jewelry store.

She's publicly denied it, and while that means little to us - she denies responsibility for everything - it all but guaranteed her plea of not guilty in court today.

The judge set bail at $20,000, which Lohan came prepared for and will likely post soon to secure her release. She's been around the block a time or two.

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At least Lindsay Lohan arrived dressed to impress!

If convicted in the Venice, Calif., banditry, she could face three years in prison. Her history of thievery and other nonsense was a big reason charges were filed.

Lindsay Lohan has been remanded into custody after the judge gave her a stern admonishment, telling the train wreck "please don't push your luck."

The judge came down on her like a ton of bricks ... telling her "things will be different" this time and not to act like she's different than anyone else.

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Lindsay Lohan will be charged with a single count of felony grand theft in an L.A. court Wednesday, stemming from her recent necklace caper.

She will be arraigned at 1:30 p.m., in person.

Lindsay will be charged with stealing a $2,500 necklace from an L.A. jewelry store. If convicted, she could be sent to California State prison.

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Lindsay enjoying life on the outside. [Photo: Pacific Coast News]

Lohan will not be handcuffed and paraded in front of cameras prior to arraignment, but will simply surrender to the court when she shows up tomorrow.

After Lindsay is arraigned, she will be taken to the basement of the courthouse where she will officially add to our gallery of celebrity mug shots. Awesome.

Presumably, she will be granted bail by the judge and post it on the spot. We've been over this enough times with Lohan that we're pretty confident by now.

Further developments will be chronicled right here as they happen.

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Lindsay Lohan's excuse for walking out of a jewelry store with a piece the owner says she ripped off was that the store let her borrow the thing on loan.

The store basically called BS on that, saying they don't just loan stuff out. There are insurance requirements and lots of paperwork required beforehand.

Apparently the L.A. County District Attorney agrees with the owner. Sources say that officials will soon file felony grand theft charges against Lindsay.

Bad Bandit

Lindsay's freedom in the great necklace caper is riding on her claim that the Venice, Calif., jewelery store owner loaned her the $2,500 necklace in question.

Proving that might be a tough task, but proving she's lying may be equally difficult for the accuser and D.A.'s office. Especially if someone else signed for it.

But the simple fact that surveillance video from the store shows LiLo with the necklace and photos of her wearing it a week later were enough for the D.A.

If convicted, Lindsay faces a maximum of three years in state prison.

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In the middle of a police investigation after being accused of stealing an expensive piece of jewelry, Lindsay Lohan just turned over a necklace to police.

Girl cannot stay out of trouble for five minutes. This incident could be much more serious than the whole rehab fight / Dawn Holland bribe scandal too.

It started last week. The owner of an L.A. store filed a police report, claiming a $5,000 necklace had been stolen from her. Suspect #1? You guessed it.

LiLo the Thief?

STOP, THIEF! It's always something with LiLo. [Photo: Pacific Coast News]

Store surveillance video shows Lindsay in there, wearing the necklace just before it vanished (it's unclear if the video shows her peacing out with it).

Authorities were about to obtain a warrant to search Lohan's home, but last night one of Lindsay's associates turned that piece over to the cops.

Turning in stolen property doesn't mean you didn't gank it in the first place, of course, so the owner can continue to press the case against Lohan.

Knowing Lindsay - who is still on probation, and could be royally screwed if she's in fact guilty of this - she'll claim she wore it out "by accident."