For allegedly stealing a $2,500 necklace, it looks like Lindsay Lohan is being sent to her room.
Due to jail overcrowding and other reasons, the actress will likely serve a fraction of her four-month jail sentence at home after pleading no contest to misdemeanor grand theft Wednesday.
Lohan, 24, did not appear at the hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court and entered the plea through her lawyer.
“I am glad to be able to put this past me and move on with my life and my career,” Lohan says in a statement. “I support the judge s decision and hold myself accountable for being in this situation.”
She adds that she has already begun her community service at a women’s center and says she hopes to “fulfill my obligation without any press attention.”
“I think the media spotlight should be on issues such as homelessness and domestic violence instead of on me,” she says.
Home for About Two Weeks
The actress was ordered to surrender to the Lynwood Jail by June 17, when it’ll be determined if she’ll be fitted with an ankle bracelet and sent home.
“It appears a person like Ms. Lohan will be eligible for home detention,” says L.A. Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore, citing the fact that she is a nonviolent offender without a serious history of crime.
Even though Lohan may be serving her sentence at home, where overcrowding is obviously not an issue, she would still probably get out after about two weeks, long before the end of her 120-day sentence.
Whitmore says the same factors that affect jail inmates – the population in the facility as well as credits for good behavior – go into how the department calculates home detention.
Judge Stephanie Sautner, who accepted Lohan’s plea and meted out the sentence, acknowledged the jail system was under a federal mandate to alleviate overcrowding and that she would not oppose home detention.
“An early release has nothing to do with this court,” the judge added. “I’m not about to battle the sheriff.”
Sautner specified, however, that if Lohan gets the house arrest option that she not be allowed to serve her 480 hours of community service during her home stay. Lohan was also ordered to psychological counseling and a program called Shoplifters Alternative.
“I don’t think the root of her problem is substance abuse,” the judge said, when explaining Lohan’s need for counseling.
Lohan’s probation was also extended for another three years.
In addition to her 480 hours of community service at the downtown L.A. women’s shelter, she will eventually serve janitor duty at the L.A. County morgue.