Lindsay Lohan's grand felony theft charge reduced to misdemeanor, but she's sentenced to 120 days in jail for probation violation
UPDATED: After a two-picture movie deal, Lindsay Lohan scored another victory — and a major setback — today in court: One day after snagging roles in Gotti: Three Generations and Mob Street, the actress’ grand felony charge has been reduced to a misdemeanor. In Los Angeles Superior Court Friday, Judge Stephanie Sautner decided to give Lohan “an opportunity,” saying she had seen more severe cases become misdemeanors. The actress was charged with the felony in February after allegedly stealing a $2,500 necklace from a jewelry store in Venice, Calif., in January.
Judge Sautner did, however, rule that Lohan had violated her probation, after the prosecution presented evidence and testimony from jewelry store employees and two police officers who handled the case. The judge sentenced Lohan to 120 days in jail and 480 hours of community service in a L.A. women’s center and the county morgue for the violation. Lohan appealed the ruling and posted $75,000 bail. A pretrial hearing has been set for May 11; if convicted of the misdemeanor, Lohan could face one year in jail. “I see the intent here,” Judge Sautner said during Friday’s hearing. “I see a level of brazenness with ‘Let me see what I can get away with here.'”
Lohan had pleaded not guilty to allegations of theft, and has turned down two plea deals that likely guaranteed jail time. Following the hearing, she told the Associated Press that she looked forward to beginning work on her two films, which include Gotti, the biopic about mob boss John Gotti Sr., in which she’ll play Kim Gotti. (She was previously being considered for the role of Victoria Gotti before producers announced she was no longer in talks for that role.) “I’m really excited to be back on set and clear up all the misinterpretations about me and show this is what I love to do,” she said. “I think in the past, I had a lot of distractions … I’ve learned a lot. I’ve lived a lot. When I’m on set, it’s about the film.”