LAWFUEL – Admitting she is scared – socialite Paris Hilton has started her jail sentence.
The 26-year-old, convicted of violating her probation on a drunk driving-related case has started her detention at the Century Reional Detention Facility in Lynwood, South East Los Angeles.
“Paris Hilton has turned herself in to begin serving her sentence for violating probation at a Los Angeles County Jail located in Lynwood, California,” attorney Richard Hutton said in a statement.
It also quoted the heiress as saying: “This is an important point in my life and I need to take responsibility for my actions. In the future, I plan on taking more of an active role in the decisions I make … Although I am scared, I am ready to begin my jail sentence.”
Though a judge sentenced her to 45 days behind bars, Hilton is expected to serve only 23 days because of a state law that requires shorter sentences for good behavior, said sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore and reported by Associated Press.
Website TMZ said attorney Hutton picked up Hilton at her parents’ house at 10:30 p.m. PDT (1:30 EDT/0530 GMT Monday) , and drove to the Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles, where she surrendered to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. From there, she was driven to the jail in Lynwood, about 15 miles away.
TMZ added that her family went with her to the surrender.
Hilton will be housed in the “special needs” unit of the jail, separate from most of its 2,200 inmates. The unit contains 12 two-person cells reserved for police officers, public officials, celebrities and other high-profile inmates.