Troubled star Lindsay Lohan’s due back in court twice this week as she will face a new charge of felony grand theft for allegedly stealing a necklace worth $2,500 from a Venice jeweler. The ‘Mean Girls’ star claims the jeweler loaned her the necklace and she plead not-guilty when arraigned earlier this month. Get the details on this story with photos and video below!
Currently on probation for a 2007 DUI offense, LiLo was warned by the judge not to break any more laws now that she’s on bail for a felony. She was released on a bail of $40,000 following her arraignment for the grand theft.
Lindsay Lohan is due back in court twice this week. Once for her probation meeting with her judge, and the second time to face the new charges against her. While the charges against her are grave, there might be hope for the young star yet. A number of questions are being raised about the felony theft case by people involved. According to TMZ, several jewelers appraised the necklace between $800 and $1,000, not the $2,500 the jewelry store was asking.
“It seems to me that the appropriate charge, based on the fair market value of the goods, should have been petty theft and not grand theft,” LiLo’s lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley said.
Petty theft applies when a stolen item is worth less than $1,000, and only carries a possible sentence of 6 months. If convicted of grand theft, LiLo could face up to 3 ½ years behind bars.
Also in question, and likely to be a focal point of LiLo’s defense, is the testimony of the jewelry store owner. Initially, the owner told police that video surveillance showed the troubled star pocketing the necklace and leaving the store without payment. Later, she revised that statement saying that LiLo had worn the necklace out of the store.
If her lawyers are unable to capitalize on these inconsistencies, the resulting sentence could result in the first major jail-time LiLo would face. Previous jail stints have been shortened due to prosecutors being unable to hold her behind bars on a misdemeanor charge without an option for bail. What do you think of the charges against Lindsay Lohan? Due back in court twice this week, will this be the final blow that lands her behind bars for the foreseeable future? Or will she beat the rap once again?