Lohan thrown into jail for probation violation

2010-07-07 09:12

A judge has sentenced Lindsay Lohan to 90 days in jail and an

in-patient rehab programme after finding that the actress had violated her

probation in a 2007 drug case by failing to attend alcohol education

classes.


The actress burst into tears after the ruling.


Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel issued the sentence after

listening to testimony from employees of an alcohol treatment programme that

Lohan had been ordered to attend.


Lohan missed seven classes since December, which led to the judge’s

harsh rebuke moments after the “Mean Girls” star offered a tearful

apology.


“I did do everything I was told to do and did the best I could to

balance jobs and showing up,” Lohan told the judge.


Revel said she found Lohan’s apology insincere, comparing it to

“somebody who cheats and thinks it isn’t cheating if she doesn’t get

caught.”


Lohan was not immediately taken into custody and will be permitted

to surrender to the suburban Lynwood jail on July 20.

She will have to wear an

ankle alcohol monitor until then.


Los Angeles County district attorney spokesperson Jane Robison said

it was not uncommon for judges to allow defendants to turn themselves in at a

later date so they can get their affairs in order.


The sentence tripled the month long jail sentence prosecutors had

sought for Lohan.


The same jail housed Paris Hilton for 23 days in 2007 after she was

found guilty of driving on a suspended licence while on probation in an

alcohol-related, reckless-driving case.


Lohan will now have a probation officer who will monitor her

progress more closely. Lohan was previously on informal probation and supervised

by a judge.


Lohan’s attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, had urged the judge to

place the actress back on probation, saying she had learned her lesson and had

improved.


Prosecutor Danette Meyers disagreed and urged jail time for the

star.


“When you ordered her to go every week, it didn’t catch her

attention,” Meyers said in a closing statement.


The 2007 plea came after a pair of high-profile arrests earlier

that year.

Lohan was sentenced to three years probation but had to ask for a

year long extension in October after she failed to complete her

alcohol-education courses on time.

 

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