Lindsay Lohan has been released on bail from a Los Angeles County jail, just hours after she was sentenced to 120 days for violating her probation.
According to the sheriff department’s website, Lohan was released on $75,000 (€51,500) bail at 9.21pm Friday local time.
Earlier, a judge reduced the actress’ charge from felony grand theft to a misdemeanour for allegedly taking a designer necklace from an upscale Venice store.
Lohan’s attorney Shawn Holley filed a notice of appeal right before court closed, clearing the way for the actress’ release within hours.
It was a deja vu day for the starlet, who was admonished by a judge - the fourth she has faced in nearly a year - who said she thought the actress had intentionally taken the $2,500 (€1,700) necklace from a Venice store and shown poor judgment in not trying to return it until police became involved.
But by reducing the actress’ charge from felony grand theft to a misdemeanour, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner may have set in motion what has become a familiar cycle for Lohan – being sent to jail only to have the sentence cut short due to jail overcrowding.
Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers, who presented four witnesses who described Lohan’s conduct in the jewellery store and with the necklace, said her office would consider appealing the ruling as well.
“We believe there was a clear abuse of discretion,” she said.
Ms Sautner agreed with Ms Meyers that Lohan showed intent to keep the necklace, and said that she thought Lohan’s conduct probably warranted a felony.
“I see the intent here,” Ms Sautner said. “I see a level of brazenness with, ’Let me see what I can get away with here’.”
But the judge said felony grand theft cases involving higher-valued goods are often reduced to the misdemeanour level and thought it was appropriate in Lohan’s case.
“I’m going to give her an opportunity,” the judge said.
She also said she hoped to give the Mean Girls and Freaky Friday star a dose of perspective by sentencing her to almost 500 hours of community service, including time at the county morgue and 300 hours at a women’s shelter.
Lohan did not visibly react to the sentence. She cried earlier in the day when Ms Holley told Ms Sautner that Lohan had been punished enough, and recounted the treatment programmes the actress has completed since her first arrest for drunken driving in 2007.
Her father, Michael Lohan, put his hands over his face at times and bolted from the courtroom after his daughter was led away by sheriff’s personnel.
It was the fourth time Lohan has been sentenced to jail, although two of the trips amounted to a few hours. Last summer, she spent 14 days in jail on a 90 day sentence.
The actress did not address the court during the hearing, but frequently conferred with Ms Holley and shook her head when witnesses described some of her actions inside the jewellery store, Kamofie & Co.
Lohan has been a courthouse fixture since last May when she missed a hearing in her drunken driving case. Since then, two judges have sent her to jail twice and rehab, also twice.
She rejected two plea offers to end the necklace case early, including one in which Ms Meyers was seeking six months in jail, the prosecutor said.