Lindsay Lohan Rejects Plea Deal in Jewelry Theft Case
"Though many advised her to follow the safe route by taking 'the deal,' the truth is, Ms. Lohan is innocent," her attorney tells THR.
Lindsay Lohan on Wednesday rejected a judge's offer to end her felony grand theft case early.
The move signals that Lohan intends to fight the case involving a $2,500 necklace she has been charged with stealing from an upscale jewelry store in Venice, Calif.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz never publicly detailed the terms of his offer to Lohan but said if she pleaded no contest or guilty in the case, he would sentence her to jail. Prosecutors are also seeking jail time for the "Mean Girls" star, who was on probation for a 2007 drunken driving case when the jewelry store told police that Lohan had taken a necklace without permission in January.
Lohan's attorney Shawn Holley notified the prosecutor handling the case that Lohan would not be taking Schwartz's plea offer, district attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison said. Wednesday was the deadline for Lohan to notify Schwartz of her intentions and she will now be required to appear in court on April 22 for a preliminary hearing.
"Ms. Lohan has maintained her innocence from the moment this case was filed, and she has never wavered," Holley told The Hollywood Reporter. "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 hearing will be conducted by a new judge -- the fourth one Lohan has faced in the past year -- who will determine whether there is enough evidence for Lohan to stand trial on the felony grand theft charge.
If the judge rules Lohan should stand trial, the actress could immediately be sentenced for a probation violation and sent to jail for the fourth time.
The actress has pleaded not guilty to the charge and denied wrongdoing.