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Lindsay rejects judge's plea offer

Lindsay Lohan has rejected a judge's offer to end a felony grand theft case early, signalling the actress intends to fight a case filed over a necklace she has been accused of stealing from a jewellery store in the US.

Judge Keith Schwartz never publicly detailed the terms of his offer to Lindsay, but said if she pleaded no contest or guilty in the case, he would sentence her to jail.

Prosecutors are also seeking jail time for the Mean Girls star, who was on probation for a 2007 drunken driving case when store officials told police that she had taken a necklace without permission in January.

Lindsay's lawyer Shawn Holley notified the prosecutor handling the case that Lindsay would not be taking Judge Schwartz's plea offer, district attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison said.

Lindsay will now be required to appear in court on April 22 for a preliminary hearing. The hearing will be conducted by a new judge - the fourth one Lohan has faced in the past year - who will determine whether there is enough evidence for the star to stand trial on the felony grand theft charge.

If the judge rules Lindsay should stand trial, the actress could immediately be sentenced for a probation violation and sent to jail for the fourth time.

The star, 24, has pleaded not guilty to the charge and denied wrongdoing.

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