Remember when Lindsay Lohan's house was broken into, and those involved were picked up and found to be part of a 'bling ring' that was targeting celebrity homes and stealing art, jewelry, and other stuff?
Turns out that another one of them has pleaded no contest — this time it was Diana Tamayo, 21, who received three years probation plus time served in the county jail and 60 days community service with Caltrans.
Because she took this route, prosecutors dismissed charges of conspiracy and receiving stolen property, but she must also still pay restitution.
Following her sentencing, her lawyer told the press:
"We're really satisfied with the deal. The case against her was pretty strong. She was initially charged with two years of state prison, so we're happy with this."
You might think that's pretty lenient — well, there's a reason for that. The LAPD's lead investigator became an "entirely uncredible witness" because of his work on an upcoming Bling Ring movie directed by Sophia Coppola — while the investigation was STILL OPEN.
Even the Judge commented on it:
"You should all write a thank-you letter to Goodkin (the investigator), because his judgment is as poor as it gets. You can have a field day with his credibility during trial…. It's a shame what he did. It's harmful to the people's case."
Still, the ring is being punished. Nicholas Prugo, who pleaded no contest to two counts of first-degree residential burglary, and Rachel Lee, who pleaded no contest to one count of first-degree residential burglary have gotten theirs.
Two other alleged members, Courtney Ames and Roy Lopez Jr., did not plead on Friday… apparently they're trying to resolve restitution issues in the case.
And of course, least us not forget Alexis Neiers, whose persona will be "dramatized" by Emma Watsonin the movie! Perhaps they'll have to reshoot the ending now with these new developments…
[Image via AP Images.]
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