Lindsay Lohan to stand trial in June on jewelry theft

Reuters News
Posted: May 04, 2011 9:59 AM

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lindsay Lohan was ordered to stand trial in June for stealing a gold necklace but a judge on Friday reduced the charge to a simple misdemeanor, sharply reducing the chances of the actress getting a lengthy jail sentence if convicted.

Los Angeles Superior Court judge Stephanie Sautner declined to dismiss the case after a preliminary hearing, and ordered Lohan to stand trial on June 3.

"I am going to give her an opportunity. I'm going to reduce this a misdemeanor," Sautner said.

Lohan, 24, has pleaded not guilty to walking out of a jewelry store in January without paying for a $2,500 gold necklace. She was originally charged with a more serious count of felony grand theft and had faced a prison term of up to three years if convicted.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Jill Serjeant)