Judge delays jail sentence in Lohan theft case

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 21, 2011 1:52 PM

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A judge Thursday gave troubled actress Lindsay Lohan and prosecutors two more weeks to reach a plea deal on a charge that she stole a $2,500 necklace from a jewelry store in January.

Lohan, 24, pleaded not guilty to the grand theft charge in early February, and a California judge gave her until Thursday to reach a plea deal with prosecutors.

But the actress's lawyer and a prosecutor failed to strike a bargain, and Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz gave them until March 25 to continue talks for Lohan to plead either guilty or no contest to the theft charge.

If she does, then Schwartz has said he will send her to jail. If Lohan's not guilty plea stands, then a preliminary hearing on the theft charge would begin on April 22 in front of a different judge, Schwartz ruled.

Schwartz also said the judge at that hearing will determine whether the alleged theft violated terms of Lohan's probation on a 2007 drunken driving and drug conviction, which also means a possible jail term for the "Mean Girls" actress.

(Reporting by Bob Tourtellotte; Editing by Doina Chiacu)