Rachel Lee, the 21-year-old leader of the Bling Ring, a group accused of burglarizing celebrities' homes and taking $3 million in jewels, art and other possessions, was sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday for a burglary at reality TV star Audrina Patridge's house.
Lee is said to be the second-in-command of the group. She is accused of taking more than $25,000 in jewelry, designer luggage, clothes, shoes, boots, and watches from Patridge's home, a statement from DA's office to the media read.
Four members of the alleged burglary ring are still awaiting trial. They are Nicholas Prugo, 20; Diana Tamayo, 21; Courtney Leigh Ames, 20; and Roy Lopez Jr., 29. They will return to court on Nov. 18 for motions and pretrial.
All have reportedly pleaded not guilty to charges.
Reports are that the suspects were arrested when they began being reckless and boasting about the burglaries. Prugo and Lee were caught on surveillance video footage breaking into Lohan and Patridge homes. They were also overheard boasting at a party that they had committed the burglaries, according to the Los Angeles Times. Detectives said Prugo implicated six others in connection with the crimes.
The district attorney has told the media that the group has also targeted the homes of celebrities such as Orlando Bloom, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel Bilson, Brian Austin Green and wife Megan Fox and Ashley Tisdale between September 2008 and August 2009.
Last month, Lee pleaded no contest to one count of first-degree residential burglary when she went before Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler as part of the plea bargain, prosecutors told the Los Angeles Times.
Prosecutors also agreed to drop a felony count of conspiracy to commit burglary and two counts of receiving stolen property.
The LA Times reported that items belonging to Lohan and Bloom were recovered from Lee's family home in Las Vegas.
Lohan, Hilton and Bloom have all testified before a grand jury against the five Bling Ring members. Authorities said the group repeatedly broke into the home of these Hollywood stars and that Bilson's home was burglarized three times and Hilton's twice.
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