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Lindsey wants to make a deal in theft case

Lindsay Lohan wants to enter a no contest plea to end a criminal case filed over a necklace reported stolen, The Associated Press reports.

A source familiar with Lohan's criminal case who was not authorized to comment publicly said the actress wants to put the case behind her so she can focus on her career.

No court date has been set for Lohan to enter the plea. She is scheduled to return to a Los Angeles court for a pretrial hearing May 11, but the actress is hoping to resolve the case before then, the source said.

By pleading no contest, Lohan would not be admitting guilt, and it was not immediately clear if she would face any additional penalties. The actress already has been sentenced to four months in jail for a probation violation related to the theft case. She is free on bail.

Prosecutors in February charged Lohan, 24, with felony grand theft on allegations that she took the necklace from Kamofie & Co., a jewelry store near the actress' home in Los Angeles' Venice neighborhood. The charge was reduced last week by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner.

Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers said she thought the ruling was an "abuse of discretion" and her office may appeal it, but no challenge has yet been filed.

A little over a week ago, Sautner sentenced Lohan to 120 days in jail and nearly 500 hours of community service for violating her probation in the necklace case. Lohan was on probation for drunken driving in 2007.

She was released to pursue an appeal but has not yet filed a formal motion to try to get the sentence reduced.

In all likelihood, Lohan would serve a fraction of her four-month sentence -- possibly as little as three weeks.

The source said Lohan's intention to plead no contest was aimed at making good on her statement to Jay Leno earlier this week that she wanted to take responsibility for her actions.

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