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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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themare    

Gee, Nicole, what ever happened to this?

Lindsay Lohan's powerhouse attorney, Shawn Holley, is proclaiming her embattled client's innocence and declares that LiLo will be acquitted by a jury.

In a statement released to RadarOnline.com, Holley says: "Ms. Lohan has maintained her innocence from the moment this case was filed and she has never wavered.

"Though many advised her to follow the safe route by taking 'the deal,' the truth is, Ms. Lohan is innocent; she has a strong defense; and we are confident that a jury will listen to the evidence fairly and acquit her."

Holley formally notified the DA and Judge Keith Schwartz on Wednesday that Lindsay wasn't going to be accepting the plea deal that would have included jail time.

Lindsay Lohan is now officially a CONVICT.

1205 days ago
17.

deb    

She is a such a skank, stinky LOSER,,,,,She'll destroy herself.
Hope she's kissing her no good lawyer's a$$ for getting her off, AGAIN.

1205 days ago
18.

themare    

Now she has to pay her lawyer. Oopsie! Shawn doesn't take IOU's

;D

1205 days ago
19.

Nicole     

This totally sucks if the DUI probation was terminated today even if Lindsay got a year she would have done less than 2 months.
Now she has to do the community service her DUI probation is terminated.

1205 days ago
20.

Vinsetta    

Please correct me if I'm wrong but I still don't see her busting her ass to complete the 477.5 or whatever hours left on the CS. Also, correct me if I'm wrong but even on informal probation, no friggen way she can be a law abiding citizen. As cushy as a sentence she got, she'll still be pissed she has to attending a shoplifters anonymous class. "she'll complete a shoplifters course." lol, how embarrassing.

1205 days ago
21.

ernie    

Such is life within the criminal justice system. You take your pleas and live with it. However, she just dug herself a much deeper hole by pleading no contest. It may keep her out of more jail for now.... but THREE MORE YEARS ..... of PROBATION????

You have to be kidding me. This child can not do one year without screwing up yet alone another three? WOW! Some deal.

Good luck, Lindsay Lohan.

I continue to pray God will save you along the way before you wind up back behind bars during the next three years of your life.

1205 days ago
22.

opinion123    

hey - let's have a game - let's list everything she will have under home confinement - that she would not have in Jail.
Her own bed
Soft sheets
Soft towels
Bathroom PRIVACY
TV
Cell Phone
Computer
Kitchen
Order out food

Your turn - - keep it going

1205 days ago
23.

Scott    

"In reality, the 120 days will amount to 14 days."
Why? There is no jail overcrowding in her home.

1205 days ago
24.

Pink Phoenix    

ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! First off if I robbed a jewelry store, I wouldn't be getting community service and secondly if I were to violate probation by lets say robbing a jewelry store, they would immediately revoke the probation and make me serve the rest of my time out in jail! She is a repeat offender, but yet judge after judge gives actors breaks all day everyday! What kind of role models do we really have here???? Someone must have really liked Parent Trap and Georgia Rule!!

1205 days ago
25.

anony    

She'll never make three years w/o getting into trouble.

1205 days ago
26.

ernie    

Linday did not beat anything. Even if she sleeps in her own home for her jail time. She still has to face life for another three years on probation.

Has she able to do probation before? HARDLY. Formal or not... she still is under the thumb of the legal system and next time she screws up ... and her track record speaks for itself... it will not be pretty.

I would have taken a plea for more jail time and no more probation.

Shawn did not do her job.

1205 days ago
27.

tb    

@opinion

Sam Ronson
Ali Lohan
Privacy
Her own clothes
Music
Tanning lotion
Windows looking out at the beach

1205 days ago
28.

Antwan    

Lindsey Lohan has more lives than a cat. Let's see how stupid she is going to be this time. She will almost certainty serve jail time then next time she does something

1205 days ago
29.

toad    

Only LiLo. Pathetic. Can't STAND her

1205 days ago
30.

ketjo    

In other words she's still on 3 yrs of probation , she still has 120 days on her record as a covicted theft and the judge thinks she crazy and a loon and need to have psyologiacal help and counciling and shoplifting classes (personally think shes got that part down pat)

Three whole weeks in the house without going out.....she will climb the walls after 24 hours and in three weeks she will be ready to row.......


Isn't it wonderful what a 100,000 dollar lawyer can do......
I quess its true money can buy you about anything in California.anyway..

But the best was Shawna Holly asking the judge for help stopping the paps from bothering the regular woman at the shether.....Hell all she has to do is take away Holly's and Lindsey's phones and stop giving out times and days so Lindsay(the special one) can do her time and to beat it all she doesn't even have to start her sentence till June 16th...

1205 days ago
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