Actress Lindsay Lohan officially rejected the plea deal offered by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office in her pending felony theft case — the latest legal headache for the trouble-prone actress — in a LA courtroom on Thursday.
The Mean Girls star has pleaded not guilty to stealing a necklace from a jewelry store near her Venice home in January. Lohan is facing a felony grand theft charge and a possible three year prison sentence if she is found to have stolen the $2,500 piece from the Kamofie & Co. Jewelers.Her lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, attended a late Wednesday meeting with the judge and prosecutor in an attempt to come to an agreement. None was made, and the case will now go to trial.
“Judge Schwartz indicated he would give Lindsay less than the six months the DA was seeking, if she pled in front of him,” an insider with knowledge of the case told RadarOnline this week. “Shawn Holley was asking for no jail time, but the judge said he would sentence her to a minimum of 60 days, but likely not longer than 90 days.”
Judge Schwartz “encouraged Holley to discuss what not taking the plea deal will mean for her. Unless Holley is able to convince Lohan who is adamant that she not do any jail time, otherwise, Lindsay is headed for a date in front of Judge Sautner,” the source added.
Lohan’s legal team has until March 25 to weigh the benefits of yet another plea deal. The judge set a preliminary hearing on the theft case for April 22nd and assigned it to another judge, who will also be deciding whether or not Lindsay has violated her probation.
In related news, bosses at Kamofie have now confirmed that the item in question is set to be sold at auction with the proceeds benefitting charity.
“We have decided to sell the diamond necklace through auction, and give the proceeds to charity. We invite the public to make suggestions as to the most appropriate charity to receive the benefit of the sale’s proceeds…”
The bauble is currently being held as evidence by the Los Angeles County District Attorney and the sale won’t be held until after Lohan’s legal case is resolved.
This news comes just days after the actress threatened to sue store bosses for allegedly striking a $35,000 deal to release surveillance tapes which show Lohan trying the necklace on and leaving the store with it.