Lindsay Lohan rejects plea deal over theft case

15:52, March 24, 2011      

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Actress Lindsay Lohan (L) and her attorney Shawn Chapman Holley attend a preliminary hearing at the Airport Branch Courthouse in Los Angeles, February 23, 2011. (Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

U.S. actress Lindsay Lohan on Wednesday turned down a plea deal over her alleged felony grand theft case, according to media reports.

The plea deal presented to the 24-year-old actress by prosecutors included a 90-day jail sentence and three years probation.

That means Lohan intends to move toward a trial to fight the case in which she is charged with stealing a 2,500-U.S. dollar necklace from a jewelry store in Venice, California, on Jan. 22.

"Ms. Lohan has maintained her innocence from the moment this case was filed and she has never wavered," Lohan's attorney Shawn Holley said in a statement.

"Though many advised her to follow the safe route by taking 'the deal', the truth is, Ms. Lohan is innocent; she has a strong defense; and we are confident that a jury will listen to the evidence fairly and acquit her."

The "Mean Girls" star will go for a preliminary hearing scheduled on April 22, during which testimony is heard and a judge decides if there's enough evidence for a trial.

If found guilty, the troubled actress will face up to three years in prison.

Source:Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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