Audrina Patridge's Bling Ring Burglar Gets Prison Sentence

Rachel Lee will have plenty of time to ponder her crimes after a judge sentences her to four years behind bars

By Josh Grossberg, Claudia Rosenbaum Oct 25, 2011 7:37 PMTags
Audrina Patridge, Rachel LeeGeorge Pimentel/Getty Images

The next place alleged "Bling Ring" ringleader Rachel Lee will behitting: the big house.

Lee, accused of being one of the masterminds behind the high-profile heists of several Hollywood celebrities, was sentenced today to four years in state prison for burglarizing the home of The Hills star Audrina Patridge, E! News can confirm.

But it wasn't all bad news for the bad girl.

The lengthy jail term was meted out by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler, who, per a deal worked out between Lee and prosecutors, dismissed one felony count of conspiracy to commit burglary and two counts of receiving stolen property, said Deputy Los Angeles County District Attorney Chris Baker.

Lee entered a plea of no-contest last month for first-degree residential burglary regarding the February 2009 break-in, when she made off with more than $25,000 in baubles and a fully packed designer suitcase containing clothes, boots and watches that belonged to the TV personality.

Baker said that restitution for the stolen goods will be determined at a later date.

Four of Lee's alleged accomplices—Nicholas Prugo, 20; Diana Tamaya, 21; Courtney Leigh Ames, 20; and Roy Lopez Jr., 29—have all pleaded not guilty and are due back in court Nov. 18 for a pretrial hearing.

The prolific team of bandits is also accused of plotting similar heists in 2008 and 2009 at the residences of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green, Rachel Bilson and Orlando Bloom. Their cumulative haul included more than $3 million in designer clothes, handbags, accessories, high end makeup, jewelry, paintings, photographs, a handgun, TV sets and a laptop.