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‘Bling Ring’ Member Sentenced ~ Los Angeles

LAWRENCE K. HO/LOS ANGELES TIMES

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E! "Pretty Wild" reality star Alexis Neiers on the right.  Attorney on the left.

The reality "star" and member of the infamous 'bling ring' plead no contest to burglarizing Orlando Bloom's home and got 6 months in jail and three years' probation.  A rather light sentence considering you can get a lot more for vandalism and drug crimes.  Keep in mind that if she went to trial and was convicted she would've been looking at a 6 year sentence for felony residential burglary.  I guess it does pay off in the end to be in the limelight and hire expensive lawyers.  By the way, the reality show keeps marching on.  "Pretty Wild" is on hiatus but you can bet it will be back with a special "emotional" episode.

LA Times article below.

Alexis Neiers agreed Monday to plead no contest to felony residential burglary and was sentenced to six months in jail. E! Entertainment has not said whether "Pretty Wild," its show about Neiers and her two sisters growing up in the fast lane in suburban Los Angeles, will continue.

But E! cameras were rolling in court Monday.

Under a deal with prosecutors, Neiers will be placed on three years' probation in addition to six months in county jail. She also will receive a two-year suspended sentence and must pay restitution to "Pirates of the Caribbean" star Orlando Bloom, whose home was burglarized by Neiers and several others, authorities said.

Neiers -- dressed in a black blazer, designer jeans and white shoes -- stood with a sullen expression as Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza asked if she understood that if she violates the law during her probation, she faces two years in prison. As her sister sobbed in the audience, Neiers was ordered to surrender June 24 and stay 100 yards away from Bloom's Hollywood Hills home.

Bloom was among a dozen high-profile celebrities — including Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Audrina Patridge and Rachel Bilson — targeted in 2008 and 2009 by the ring, made up of mostly young women who stole more than $3 million in valuables.

If Neiers had been convicted at trial, she could have received a six-year prison sentence. "We decided it was in Alexis' best interests to take responsibility for her small part in this incident," said her attorney, Jeffery K. Rubenstein.

"Pretty Wild" is now on hiatus -- and the E! website does not say when new episodes would air.

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Alexis Neiers, right, and attorney Susan Morris Haber attend a hearing at which Neiers was sentenced to six months in jail and three years' probation for her role in the "bling ring" celebrity burglary case.  Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

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