Lindsay Lohan ordered back to jail

Reuters News
Posted: May 04, 2011 10:02 AM

By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lindsay Lohan was ordered back to jail for 120 days on Friday after a judge ruled that a jewelry theft charge was a violation of her 2007 probation for drunk driving.

Lohan, who served two weeks in jail last summer, was taken from a Los Angeles court by sheriff's deputies after being ordered to stand trial on June 3 on a reduced misdemeanor charge of stealing a $2,500 necklace in January.

The judge in the case ruled that the evidence she had heard on Friday in the jewelry incident was a probation violation and sentenced the actress to 120 days jail and 480 hours community service -- some of it a morgue.

"She is to serve 120 days...forthwith," judge Stephanie Sautner said. "Perhaps she might see how women who have fallen on real hard times have to live and maybe she will change."

Lohan turned to her lawyer looking confused and distressed as she was taken into custody at the Los Angeles courthouse.

Lohan's lawyer filed an immediate appeal and Lohan's camp scrambled to post bail set at $75,000 to secure her swift release from custody pending that appeal.

Hours earlier, the troubled "Mean Girls" actress scored a victory when judge Sautner reduced her jewelry theft charge from a felony to a less serious misdemeanor, cutting the amount of time she would have to spend behind bars if convicted.

Sautner said however that the evidence suggested that Lohan meant to steal the necklace. Lohan has denied theft and friends have said she believed the necklace was on loan.

"I see the intent here and I see the level of brazenness with 'let me see what I can get away with,'" Sautner said.

Sautner said that Lohan has been punished a lot for her 2007 drunken driving and cocaine possession case, but that her behavior since then has been questionable.

Lohan has been in and out of rehab, jail and courtrooms since 2007. Once considered among the most promising young actresses in Hollywood, Lohan's career has come to a virtual halt but earlier this week she secured a role in an upcoming movie about New York mobster John Gotti.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Jill Serjeant)