By Adam B. Vary
March 23, 2011 at 12:00 PM EDT

Lindsay Lohan’s lawyer confirms that the actress has rejected a plea deal in her felony grand theft trial, and opted instead to turn the case over to a jury. (The deal reportedly involved jail time.) Had she accepted the prosecution’s offer, the court had set a March 25 date for Lohan to enter a “guilty” or “no contest” plea for the charge of swiping a $2,500 necklace from a Venice, Calif. store. A preliminary hearing for the trial proper has been scheduled to begin on April 22. If convicted, Lohan is facing up to three years in prison.

A statement from Lohan’s lawyer reads: “Ms. Lohan has maintained her innocence from the moment this case was filed and she has never wavered. Though many advised her to follow the safe route by taking ‘the deal,’ the truth is, Ms. Lohan is innocent; she has a strong defense; and we are confident that a jury will listen to the evidence fairly and acquit her.”

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