Member of 'Bling Ring' pleads no contest

Associated Press Modified: October 19, 2012 at 3:02 pm •  Published: October 19, 2012
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 22-year-old woman pleaded no contest Friday to a burglary charge for stealing from the home of Lindsay Lohan as part of a group known as the "Bling Ring."

Diana Tamayo was sentenced to three years of probation by Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler and also must perform 60 days of road work. She could have faced six years in prison if convicted at a trial.

Authorities said Tamayo was one of six people charged in thefts in which more than $3 million in clothes, jewelry and art was taken from the homes of stars such as Lohan, Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom and Megan Fox.

Tamayo's attorneys previously argued that she acknowledged involvement in breaking into Lohan's home because police officers threatened her family with immigration consequences.

Two other suspects — Courtney Leigh Ames and Roy Lopez Jr. — are scheduled to return to court Nov. 8. Both are charged in the theft at Hilton's home.

Authorities arrested most of the group in October 2009.

One defendant, Alexis Neiers, quickly ended her case and starred in the short-lived E! Entertainment Television reality show "Pretty Wild," which prominently featured her court case. Lifetime created a television movie inspired by the case, and Oscar-winner Sofia Coppola has filmed her own movie based on the burglaries and the fallout.



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