Lindsay Lohan Turns Down Plea Deal in Jewelry Theft Case

Lindsay Lohan remained steadfast in her resolve to fight accusations that she stole jewelry from a California store, rejecting Wednesday a judge’s offer for her to plead guilty and mitigate her offense.

Los Angeles prosecutors said Lohan turned down Judge Keith Schwartz’s offer, which included a jail time for the troubled actress, and instead moved that the felony grand theft case proceed to trial. Lohan is being accused of stealing a $2,500 necklace from a Venice store, an allegation the 24-year-old actress has vehemently denied. According to sources close to the “Mean Girls” star, Lohan believed that the subject necklace was loaned to her. Lohan’s attorney, Shawn Holley, said her client has a good defense that merits an acquittal. “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,” Holley said.

If convicted, Lohan could get up to three years in prison. A preliminary hearing has been set for April 22.