Posted May 05, 2007 02:10 am CDT
A Los Angeles judge put the brakes on hotel heiress Paris Hilton’s notorious party lifestyle today, when he sentenced her to a 45-day jail term for violating her probation in an earlier alcohol-related reckless driving case.
Two subsequent traffic stops and missing by several months a deadline to enroll in a court-ordered alcohol program put the socialite back in court following her earlier 36-month probation sentence, reports AP. “I’m very sorry and from now on I’m going to pay complete attention to everything. I’m sorry and I did not do it on purpose at all,” Hilton, 26, told the judge prior to sentencing. She reportedly arrived 10 minutes late for the hearing.
The hotel heiress’s mother, Kathy, also attended the court hearing and reportedly laughed when a prosecutor said he was recommending jail time. After the judge imposed sentence, Kathy Hilton asked him “May I have your autograph?”
Hilton’s sentence is to start June 5, and the judge’s ruling says she cannot pay to attend the jail of her choice, as some are allowed to do.
Howard Weitzman, one of her lawyers, said he thought Hilton was “singled out because of who she is” and promised an appeal. “I’m shocked, I’m surprised and really disheartened in the system that I’ve worked in for close to 40 years,” he said, describing the sentence as “uncalled for, inappropriate and bordered on the ludicrous.”