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Lohan accepts sentencing, calls for the media not to focus on her

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May 11, 2011 | 1:15pm EDT

The actress escaped further punishment over a misdemeanour theft charge in court on Wednesday (11May11), but it won't keep the actress out of jail.

The Mean Girls star was sentenced to serve 120 days behind bars and 480 hours of community service in April (11) for violating her probation after she was accused of stealing a necklace from a California jewellery store in January (11).

Los Angeles court Judge Stephanie Sautner ruled her arrest over the incident broke the terms of her parole.

During that hearing, Lohan pleaded not guilty to the theft allegations and a trial date was set for 3 June (11), but the issue is no longer heading to trial after Lohan's lawyer, Shawn Holley, returned to court on Wednesday to withdraw her appeal to the probation violation sentence, and change the plea to no contest.

As such, Judge Sautner declared Lohan, who was not present for sentencing, will not be handed an additional jail sentence for the theft charge, but she must surrender to authorities on or before 17 June (11) to begin her latest stint behind bars.

And the actress has now issued a statement insisting she's happy the case is over and she knows what punishment she'll receive.

The statement reads, "I am glad to be able to put this past me and move on with my life and my career. I support the judge's decision and hold myself accountable for being in this situation.

"I have already started my community service at the Downtown Women's Center and thank everyone there for their warm welcome.

"I hope to be able to fulfil my obligation without any press attention. I think the media spotlight should be on issues such as homelessness and domestic violence instead of on me."

Meanwhile, her attorney tells TMZ.com, "Lindsay and I would both like to thank Judge Sautner and the L.A. City Attorney's Office for their fair handling of this case."

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