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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.


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.

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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Does this bring her total probation up to eight years now? I think they need to get her off probation. I know, I know, she has done bad things, but some of these things, other than the thief were not that bad. I can't imagine being on probation that long, I am sure I would screw up, and so would many of you so don't say you wouldn't.

1232 days ago

Justsay Nohan    

"Plus the place is a complete ripoff now that we know what their markups are like!!!"

You failed Economics 101, didn't you?

1232 days ago


That's alright, cause she's white. Hope someone takes a deep look into the judge's financial sounds like a payoff to me. Just my opinion.

1232 days ago


"so if she screws up again, she's screwed."

Yeah, right. How many times have we heard that one before?

It appears the judge is more interested in being a psychologist than an enforcer of the laws the rest of us are compelled to follow.

This sends a harmful message about the duplicitous double standards that exist within the American justice system.

1232 days ago


I can't wait for her to get busted again for drug possession or drunk driving. The day they sentence her to 5 years in state prison is the day I will cheer.

1232 days ago


Hello, McFly, that's how people end up with addictions. Judge Sauntner doesn't agree she's an addict, she just "self medicates" d/t deep seeded problems. Huh?
That IS addiction in a nutshell. The large majority of addicts/alcoholics have some type of childhood trauma: dv, personal violence against them, molestation,etc. They try the drugs/alcohol and realize quickly that it helps to alleviate that pain or guilt they've felt all along from that trauma. Some addicts have have had no trauma, but that predisposition to dependency hooks them at the first experience.
I don't understand what the Judge was trying to say, because she contradicted herself.

1232 days ago


Danny Bonaduce said he was on probation for 7 years before he could finally get free of the system. He suggested that at some point she just has to do the time or she'll end up just like him. I have to agree. Nothing has changed for her. She's in the exact same position now as when she started. She wasn't given the chance to hit bottom, to spend a while in jail to think about her life. She really thinks she got away with everything and she's above the law because she isn't in jail. Why should she change now? She doesn't realize that this will eventually come back to bite her. It's still all a game.

1232 days ago

Leader of the ignorant masses    

There are so many criminals that they just rush them through the system offering up any shortcuts they can. And you wonder why crime is not under control. A good first step in the right direction would be making criminals responsible for all the costs involved in their cases. Why should the people have to pay just to end up turning them back out onto the streets.

1232 days ago


Each time this little tramp gets into trouble she's give probation or let off with a slap on the wrist. What would happen if it had been a poor black kid, or white kid for that matter, who stole the necklace? Would he or she be let off with a slap on the wrist? NO! He or she would have been in jail so fast it would have made their head swim and they'd end up with jail time, not home detention and community service. She is an "actress (aka, slut)" and as such she knows she can get away with this crap. One day they'll find her in bed with a needle in her arm and that will be the end of LiLo!

1232 days ago

Richard Adams    

Hell we could say "Drug addicts have personal problems and are just self medicating" that would include everyone and everyone would be happy. Well what do you expect from a judge from "La La Land"? What a maroon!

1232 days ago


Hollywood judges are just a bunch of kangaroos in a kangaroo court. The only thing they're good at is filling the common people up in privatized prisons while letting the rich and famous go free hoping they'll get hooked up some day.

1232 days ago


WTF, this B&^%$ gets off more than Linda Loveless. What do you have to do to get jail time?

1232 days ago


California justice system, if you are a rich white girl, we will accommodated your life if you are not, we will make an example of you and give you the max...

1231 days ago


So the judge is a Dr. too? This is why the justice system is so effed up.

1231 days ago


ginger - people like shawn chapman are parasites! they get rich by getting wealthy celebs off. shawn probably considers herself a parasite. these ppl are sick narcissists, they think that since they have money and some fame they are somehow special and better than everyone. they view the world in a very superficial way :(

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