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Lindsay Lohan Gets Merciful Sentence for Theft

5/11/2011 10:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lindsay Lohan dodged a huge bullet today  -- she won't be locked up in jail  ... this after pleading no contest to misdemeanor theft.

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Lindsay's attorney Shawn Holley entered the plea a few minutes ago -- Lindsay wasn't in court.

Judge Stephanie Sautner said during the hearing, she doesn't believe Lindsay's problem is substance abuse, but rather her problems are more deeply rooted and she is self-medicating to relieve those problems.  As a result, Judge Sautner is not requiring Lindsay to undergo substance abuse counseling.

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Lindsay will not get additional time for the theft.  She will be required to serve 120 days for her probation violation, and we've learned the Sheriff's Department  may allow Lindsay to do the time at home, with an electronic monitoring device.

In reality, the 120 days will amount to 14 days.  But during that time, Lindsay cannot leave her home, even to do community service.

Lindsay must complete psychological counseling and a shoplifters alternative class -- seriously.

Once Lindsay completes her 480 hours of community service, her probation in the DUI case will terminate, but Lindsay is now on 3 years probation for the theft -- so if she screws up again, she's screwed.

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the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Uh, no, TMZ, the judge said she will be off of formal probation, but will still be on probation for 3 years.

1075 days ago
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gretchen    

Total BS. Hate her.

1075 days ago
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Lucky_130    

Hilarious, the Judge says she wants restrictions against the paps.lol. There has to be something better to follow than Lindsay Lohan says Sautner. lol. Shes right, Bin Ladens brother doubts the official report of his being dead.hahaha

1075 days ago
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tb    

Alright Lindsay....we dodged a bullet here....let's stay far far away from trouble!

Team Lilo!

1075 days ago
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Mary    

One innacuracy in your report unless I missed it completely. Lindsay's FORMAL probation will be lifted once she completes her community service. However, she is on 3 years probation and it will be converted to SUMMARY probation after the FORMAL probation is lifted. So, as far as I can see she is still on probation for three years. Am I wrong on this?

And I've got to say Shawn Holley's comment about the 'regular' women down at the Womens Center was noted. So the women who take advantage of the services down there are considered 'regular'. So what is Lindsay? Special? Just hit me wrong.

1075 days ago
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Zoe    

Well hopefully this time she can stay outta trouble long enough to finally be in the free and clear for a bit. Best wishes to Lindsay Lohan for a lesson well learned and that she gets whatever help she needs and takes it seriously to get her life back in order. :)

1075 days ago
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themare    

That is a satisfactory sentence. TMZ is making it sound like she got off. She didn't. She has to go to:

1. Psychological counseling
2. A "Shoplifter's Alternative" course
3. Ankle bracelet
4. Not allowed to be out for her community service. The community service is seperate fromn the house arrest. She still has to do ALL of the CS

1075 days ago
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opinion123    

OMG - People steal food because they are hungry and go to jail. Steal a necklace and be confined to a house wehre people can spend 24/7 with you, you can go outside, you can order out for pizza. That judge is on someone's payoll - Lindsay does not have a drug/alcohol problem. Give me a break. Be sure to request this judge if you do something that ends you up on court - you'll probably get a letter of commendation.

1075 days ago
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jrlongmore    

What about the three years of summary probation she will be on!?!?!

1075 days ago
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Stiletto    

Well, I'm sure after all of this she will now be an upstanding citizen and a moral role model for our children.

MuhAhAhAhaahAHahAHahh!

What a laugh. A dirtbag skank from a white trash family of losers. She'll be back in the news soon I bet from drug/alcohol abuse...maybe this time she'll kill someone on the road and actually have to face REAL WORLD music and not this pampered celebrity white girl justice.

1075 days ago
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stargazer    

Further proof that the justice system out here is a complete joke. Now maybe you can shut up about her for awhile. I think we all know, thought, that it's only a matter of time before she screws up again and we all have to hear about it daily.

1075 days ago
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themare    

I forgot to add she also gets 3 more years probation.

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stargazer    

Oh and you can bet that when she ends up dead because of her actions, all we'll be hearing about from the Lohan clan is how no one did enough to help her. Everything about her and her family is a complete joke!

1075 days ago
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Ginger    

@Mary... I caught that remark too and it actually pizzed me off. There is nothing special about Lindsay. The women at this center are not any more or less regular than Lindsay. I would love to know how Shawn would describe Lindsay if "regular" is not a choice.

1075 days ago
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ernie    

Lohan's biggest legal problem is PROBATION... and she just got another three more years of it. Even if she completes her community service and the formal probation is terminated.... she has three more years.

She did not get off easy..... all that happened was she kicked the can down the road.... AGAIN. Fool

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