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Lindsay Lohan Sentenced to 120 Days in Jail as Luck Runs Out

Lindsay Lohan isn't having a particularly Good Friday anymore.
/ Source: E!online

Lindsay Lohan isn't having a particularly Good Friday anymore.

The judge--who so helpfully knocked the actress' felony theft charge down to a misdemeanor a couple of hours ago-- ruled this afternoon that Lohan was in violation of her probation and sentenced her to 120 days in county jail and 480 hours of community service.

Lohan was immediately taken into custody. Cue the lawyers...

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Defense attorney Shawn Holley said a bail bondsman was standing by and immediately drafted an appeal.

Bail was set at $75,000, after which Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers, who originally requested that bail be set at a whopping $350,000, acknowledged that Lohan may only be in custody for around two hours, but may have to be taken to another facility to be processed out. She was booked at 4:25 p.m.--hair blond, eyes blue, weight 117 pounds--at the Airport Courthouse Lockup.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner said that Lohan had an "absolute right" to a stay on her jail time, pending an appeal, but that the community service is non-negotiable.

The 480 hours of service ahead of Lohan will include 360 hours working at the Downtown Women's Center in L.A. where "perhaps then she will see women who are truly needy and might change her behavior," Sautner ordered. The remaining 120 will be spent at the L.A. County Morgue.

The community service must be completed within a year and Lohan is due back in court for a status hearing on July 21.

Though she did Lohan a solid earlier by decreasing the severity of the charge against her, Sautner determined that something serious was amiss.

"The evidence this court has seen is that there was an attempt to return the necklace after [there was a ] leaked search warrant," she said in ruling that Lohan's probation-revocation (she was already out on bail) should be revoked.

"We all have busy lifestyles," Sautner noted. "There is no excuse for not calling the store...As Ms. Meyers says, you look in the mirror when you take a shower and you see the necklace....Even if she forgot it for a moment, she certainly knew she had it when she got home."

After showing the surveillance video taken at the jewelry store of Lohan leaving with the necklace in question around her neck, Holley argued that it showed conduct that was more "scattered than crafty."

Lohan has been on probation for dual DUI charges since 2007 and the current violation extends from that.

"The D.A.'s Office and I, in particular, respectfully disagree with the court's ruling today with respect to reducing this case to a misdemeanor," Meyers told reporters after court. "I think it was very interesting in this case that the judge said 'You earned a felony but I am going to reduce it to a misdemeanor.' It was a felony filing and it was a felony filing because Lohan definitely was on probation, formal probation [at the time of the alleged crime], and she clearly had violated that probation, as most of you know, on numerous occasions."

"The evidence in this case was strong," Meyers continued. "I don't know of one instance in Los Angeles County where you can walk into a retail store, take an item, take it home for a couple of days, take it for 10 days and not pay for the item, and not believe that person intended to permanently deprive property.

"In this case, it was clear she violated the law and the only reason why the defendant returned property was because she knew there was a search warrant out there and police were going to come and search her residence."

(Originally published April 22, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. PT)

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