Lo­han deal tipped

Townsville Bulletin - - The Goss -

LIND­SAY Lo­han is re­turn­ing to Los An­ge­les as the dead­line ap­proaches for her de­ci­sion on the plea deal of­fered her in the case of her al­leged neck­lace theft.

Lo­han was spot­ted out and about in New York last week for a re­union with her fam­ily but the Lo­han gather­ing came to an end Mon­day as she was due to re­turn to the Golden State.

Sources close to the trou­bled ac­tress told celebrity web­site Radar On­line that her re­turn to the West Coast was a sign she is strongly con­sid­er­ing ac­cept­ing the plea af­ter she was charged with felony grand theft for al­legedly walk­ing out of a j ewellery bou­tique with­out pay­ing for a $ 2500 gold neck­lace on Jan­uary 22.

The plea deal in­cludes a 90-day jail sen­tence, which Lo­han ini­tially baulked at be­cause she be­lieved she could prove her in­no­cence at trial. How­ever, the 24-year-old ac­tress – cur­rently on pro­ba­tion for a 2007 DUI of­fence – is re­ported to now be con­sid­er­ing the deal.

‘ ‘ Lind­say ap­pears to now grasp the sever­ity of the sit­u­a­tion if she doesn’t take the plea deal,’’ a source close to Lo­han said.

If Lo­han de­cides to pass on the deal, the pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing for her trial will be held April 22.

‘‘ This case does in­volve jail time, pe­riod,’’ Los An­ge­les Su­pe­rior Court Judge Dou­glas Schwartz told Lo­han in Fe­bru­ary.

PLEA DEAL: Lo­han with lawyer Shawn Chap­man Hol­ley in an ear­lier court ap­pear­ance

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