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Lohan 'poised to refuse plea deal'

Actress Lindsay Lohan will not accept a plea deal that includes a guaranteed jail sentence when she returns to court, a source close to the actress said.

The Mean Girls star is due back in court to tell a judge whether she intends to accept a deal in a felony grand theft case filed over a necklace reported stolen by an upmarket jewellery store.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith L Schwartz will lay out the next steps in the case at the hearing, which could include scheduling a preliminary hearing during which prosecutors would present some of their evidence in the case.

The source told of Lohan's intentions on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.

Lohan has pleaded not guilty to stealing the 2,500 US dollar necklace from Kamofie & Co, a jewellery store near Lohan's Venice home.

The store reported the item missing on January 22, roughly three weeks after Lohan had been released from rehab at the Betty Ford Centre.

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