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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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31.

ernie    

Lindsay did not get shown any mercy. That sentence was tough... a lot harder then more jail time.

She now has a much longer list of "things to do today"

You should have taken the prison minister's deal back in 2007 Lindsay. This all would have been over for you and could have been working hard for the last four years. Now look at ya. Jail, community service, shoplifters classes, probation ... What a mess.

Mercy? Where's the mercy?

1198 days ago
32.

Nancy    

Who's taking bets on Lindsay's ability to stay out of trouble for 3 years???? Cannot WAIT for her to screw up again and have to do serious jail time.

1198 days ago
33.

KittyKittyKitty    

Yikes! Nice gavel coming out of Shawn Holley's neck!

1198 days ago
34.

tb    

@ketjo

If only it were that easy. All you have to do is YouTube Lindsay Lohan paparazzi and you will see they literally camp out outside her home and follow her from the moment she leaves her door. She can't do anything below the radar. They literally sit in cars outside of her home and trail her.

1198 days ago
35.

Sloane    

getting fed up
next time she does something unlawful...and she will...they'd better lock her up for the same amount of time they'd lock you or me up

she's had enough chances/understanding/leniency/opportunities/help to turn things around

so I say
enough is enough!

1198 days ago
36.

D    

120 days reduced to 14 days due to jail overcrowding. But there's no overcrowding in Liho's house. Stupid.

1198 days ago
37.

Jay    

She wont be screwed she will just get yet another slap on the wrist if she messes up.

The judge is an idiot saying Lindsay doesnt have a drug problem. This judge only had what two hearings with Lindsay and she came to this conclusion?

Lindsay got special treatment today plain and simple.

1198 days ago
38.

Pony Princess    

Rocky,
I really doubt that movie offers will come flowing in. If she's insurable for a project, it would be just barely, and depend heavily on what ROLE she was playing. (Basically how much can she screw up the entire picture if she F's up).

1198 days ago
39.

Bubbles The Chimp    

LOL. 3 Years Probation. I give her 2 months before she is in trouble again...or sooner. The only worthy sentence for her is death by self-induced drug overdose.

RIP LiLoser. You will be forgotten. :P

1198 days ago
40.

Regina    

3 more years of probation sealed her fate completely. She can't do it. Bye bye Lindsey. Tough break.

1198 days ago
41.

Vinsetta    

I really hope the ruling of no paps being allowed to follow her to CS holds true. She loves the spotlight, so she can just crap can the fake smile and photo ops each time she walks into the damn door. I do want some pics of her mopping floors at the morgue though. I bet she actually did want to be down there today, just for the publicity, just for the publicity. I still say being ordered to take a class on why it's wrong to shoplift pisses her off. I know she doesn't have a GED but come on.

1198 days ago
42.

mousetrap    

What are the terms of her 3 year probation. That's what I want to know. Can she drink? Will she be drug tested? I'm guessing she wont's, since it is informal. But TMZ needs to clarify this. At the rate this is going, this girl is spending all of her 20's, the best years of her youth, on freaking probation. How bizarre. All because she couldn't get through a stinking, freaking, piddly DUI charge.

1198 days ago
43.

john smith    

Lindsay should bring her own photographer for the mugshot everyone knows that the sheriffs aren't good photographers!

1198 days ago
44.

Idiot    

Idiot

1198 days ago
45.

Sherms    

IF she screws up again she is screwed? More like WHEN she screws up again she is screwed

1198 days ago
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