Criminal Justice

Paris Hilton Begins Jail Term

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Paris Hilton surrendered to Los Angeles County deputies yesterday to begin serving an estimated 23-day sentence.

Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore told the Los Angeles Times that Hilton would have a cell to herself in a unit reserved for high-profile inmates.

Her first meal was cereal, bread and juice, Associated Press reports.

Hilton won’t get special treatment, according to Sheriff Lee Baca. “She won’t get better food, she won’t get different lockup time or a different environment,” he said.

Hours before she turned herself in, Hilton walked down the Red Carpet at the MTV Movie Awards. “I am trying to be strong right now,” she told reporters. ”I’m ready to face my sentence.”

Hilton said she turned down a chance to pay for better facilities and more privileges because she wanted to show the media that she can be treated like everyone else. When she was sentenced, Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer ruled she would not be allowed use of an alternative jail.

Hilton was sentenced for violating probation for a drunk driving plea by driving on a suspended license. Authorities said that with time off for good behavior she was likely to serve 23 days.

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