UPDATE 4:45 PT: Lindsay has been sentenced to 120 days in jail for a probation violation, and 480 hours of community service; 360 of it to be performed at a downtown women's shelter, and the other 120 at the morgue! Judge Sautner said Lindsay should have notified the jewelry store sooner -- she had waited weeks to return it and only did so when she reportedly found out that police were going to search her home. Lindsay's attorney said she will appeal.
Lohan was taken into custody and was released on bail later Friday night.
After a failed attempt to postpone her court appearance on Good Friday -- according to RadarOnline, Lindsay Lohan arrived to court for the 10:00 AM preliminary hearing to determine if there's enough evidence to put her on trial for felony theft in the matter of the necklace she allegedly stole from Kamofie and Co. in Venice.
Sofia Kaman, the owner of the boutique, took the stand today and claimed Lohan's friend, Patrick, distracted her while Lindsay tried on the necklace, reports TMZ. She testified that after putting the necklace on, the starlet allegedly covered it with the necklace she was already wearing, before exiting the store.
When Lindsay's lawyer questioned Kaman about receiving $25,000 for selling the surveillance tape of the event, she denied it.
Court has recessed for lunch, but TMZ predicts the judge will reduce the charge to a misdemeanor and order the actress to stand trial.
UPDATE 2:00 PT: The charge has been reduced from felony grand theft to a misdemeanor. A felony grand theft charge carries a potential of three years behind bars in state prison, whereas a misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of one year in county jail. This lesser charge could mean a prison sentence is not likely, and the entire case could be settled as a probation violation.
Shawn Holley, Lohan's attorney, asked Judge Sautner to dismiss the case outright, but the motion was denied.
Sources close to the courtroom say Lohan was "practically doing cartwheels" when she heard the news.
A pre-trial hearing has been set for May 11 with a trial tentatively scheduled for June 3.
Lindsay Lohan's Courtroom Attire
October 16, 2009
Dressed like a rock star in a white blazer and black pants, Lindsay Lohan made an appearance in court for a progress report on her 2007 drunk driving case.
May 24, 2010
The actress makes another trip to the courthouse in a sexy suit and hoped to get the judge to ease up on the terms of her probation.
July 6, 2010
The actress chose an all-black ensemble for her probation hearing last summer.
July 20, 2010
Casually dressed in jeans and a black blazer, Lindsay arrived to the courthouse to get cuffed and transported to jail.
September 24, 2010
Looking quite ladylike in a white skirt, the starlet arrived to the courthouse for another probation hearing.
October 22, 2010
About to enter the courtroom again for violating her probation, the actress chose an easygoing look and opted for jeans and a black blazer over a v-neck shirt.
February 9, 2011
Perhaps the best-known and most controversial outfit Lohan wore was her skintight, seductive white dress. The 24-year-old was in court for a felony grand theft arraignment concerning the necklace she reportedly stole.
February 23, 2010
Sticking with her mostly black and white court attire color scheme, Lohan wore white slacks and a low-cut top for her hearing.
March 10, 2011
Lindsay Lohan topped her last courtroom number in this body-hugging Raquel Allegra nude dress, Chanel shoes, Christian Dior shades, and some jewelry loaned (loaned!) by Judith Ripka.
April 22, 2011
Once again arriving in style to court today, Lindsay Lohan opted for a more conservative look with navy slacks from Lanvin (vintage), her top from Wolford, accessorized with a scarf and Fendi bag. The actress showed up for a preliminary hearing to determine if there's enough evidence to put her on trial for felony theft regarding the necklace Lindsay allegedly stole from Kamofie and Co.