Los Angeles – Troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan was fitted with an ankle bracelet yesterday at the start of 35 days of home detention as part of a plea deal over her alleged theft of a $2 500 (R17 300) necklace, police said.
The 24-year-old was sentenced last month to 120 days in jail for violating probation and ordered to complete community service, but was allowed to serve her sentence at home after pleading no contest to the theft charge.
She was booked at 5am yesterday (local time) at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, south of Los Angeles, and fitted with the electronic monitoring device, the LA County Sheriff’s Department said.
“Ms Lohan will be under the supervision of the sheriff’s department and her release date is expected to be around June 29,” said spokesperson Steve Whitmore, adding: “She will serve about 35 days on home detention.”
Lohan had been ordered to surrender to jail authorities on or before June 17. She was also ordered to do 480 hours of community service last month, including 100 at the LA County morgue.
The actress must also stay at least 91m away from the jewellery store where the alleged theft took place, near her home in the upmarket Venice district, undergo counselling and complete a course for shoplifters.
Lohan spent a few hours in jail last month after Sautner ruled she had violated her probation for a 2007 drug-and-drunk driving offence when she allegedly stole the necklace on January 22.
It is the latest in a long list of legal tangles for the star – once the promising child star of hit Disney movies The Parent Trap and “Freaky Friday” – who has a reputation for hard partying.
In July last year, Lohan was sentenced to 90 days in jail and another 90 days in rehab for violating her probation in a drunk-driving case, but served just 13 days due to prison overcrowding.
She was jailed again in September, but was granted bail after only 15 hours behind bars and subsequently checked into rehab for drug addiction, a course she completed in January.
In 2007, she spent just 84 minutes in jail after police arrested her twice for cocaine possession while driving – in one instance crashing her Mercedes-Benz into a tree.