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Judge: Plea Deal Would Mean Jail Time For Lohan

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LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Lindsay Lohan will return to court March 10 after a brief hearing at the Airport Branch Courthouse Wednesday morning.

The “Mean Girls” star, who is facing grand theft charges for allegedly stealing a $2,500 necklace, arrived with her father, Michael Lohan, just before the start of a hearing in the case.

Lohan has pleaded not guilty, but her attorney has indicated that she may accept a plea deal.

The necklace case has become the latest courthouse issue for Lohan, who was sent to jail twice and rehab twice last year for violating her probation.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz told Lohan “there’s going to be jail time in this case” if she pleads guilty or no contest before him.

“If the case settles here … you will be going to jail, period,” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith L. Schwartz told Lohan.

“Everybody else has to follow the law,” Schwartz told Lohan earlier this month. “You’re no different than anyone else. So please, don’t push your luck.”

Lohan spent three months in rehab at the Betty Ford Center and was accused by a rehab worker there of misdemeanor battery during a December argument. Prosecutors in Riverside County have not yet decided whether to pursue charges.

About three weeks after her release, Lohan was accused of taking the necklace from Kamofie & Co., a jewelry store near Lohan’s new home in Venice. The necklace was turned over to detectives before
they could serve a warrant to search Lohan’s home.

The 24-year-old actress’s career has been stalled for months; she lost her part in a biopic of porn star Linda Lovelace while she was in rehab at Betty Ford.

Lohan’s attorney, Shawn Holley, has denied the actress stole the necklace and said she’s passed all drug testing.

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