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Weeping Lindsay Lohan sent to jail

A judge has sentenced Lindsay Lohan to three months in jail and ordered her to undergo a rehabilitation programme after finding the troubled actress had broken the terms of her probation in a 2007 drug case.

The 24-year-old actress burst into tears after the ruling in Beverly Hills, California.

Superior Court judge Marsha Revel issued the sentence after hearing evidence from employees of a court-ordered alcohol treatment programme. Li-Lo missed numerous classes - seven since last December - which led to the judge giving her a harsh rebuke, moments after the Mean Girls star offered a tearful apology.

"I did do everything I was told to do and did the best I could to balance jobs and showing up," Lindsay told the judge. "It wasn't vacation, it wasn't some sort of a joke."

But Judge Revel said she found Lohan's apology insincere, comparing it to "somebody who cheats and thinks it isn't cheating if she doesn't get caught".

Li-Lo was not immediately taken into custody and will be permitted to surrender on July 20. She will have to wear an ankle alcohol tag until then.

Los Angeles County district attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison said it was not uncommon for judges to allow defendants to turn themselves in at a later date so they can get their affairs in order. The sentence tripled the month-long jail sentence prosecutors had sought for Lohan.

Judge Revel revoked Lohan's probation and ordered her to wear the ankle monitor after the starlet missed a court date in May. She was promoting a film project at the Cannes Film Festival at the time and claimed her passport was stolen.

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