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"Bling Ring" celebrity burglar Rachel Lee sentenced to prison

In this Feb. 3, 2010 file photo, Rachel Lee leaves the Los Angeles Superior Court downtown Los Angeles. Lee was sentenced to four years in state prison Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, after pleading no contest last month to burglarizing Patridge's Hollywood Hills home. file

"Bling Ring" celebrity burglar Rachel Lee sentenced to prison
Rachel Lee and Alexis Neiers
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(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - Rachel Lee, a member of the so-called "Bling Ring" who pleaded no contest to breaking into reality TV star Audrina Patridge's home, has been sentenced to four years in state prison.

Pictures: Alexis Neiers

Lee, 21, is the second member of the "Bling Ring" to be sentenced for their roles in a rash of break-ins at celebrities' homes that netted more than $3 million in high-end goods.

The group targeted the homes of stars such as Orlando Bloom, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and others before members of the ring were arrested in late 2009.

Four other alleged members of the crew, including accused ringleader Nicholas Prugo, are awaiting trial. Alexis Neiers, an aspiring model and star of the E! Entertainment Television show "Pretty Wild," pleaded no contest in May 2010 to burglarizing Bloom's home and was sentenced to six months in jail and three years of probation.

Lee was arrested in January 2010 and later pleaded no contest to the February 2009 burglary at the Hollywood Hills home of Patridge, who starred in MTV's "The Hills."

More than $25,000 in designer luggage, jewelry, clothing and shoes were taken from Patridge's home, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. A hearing will be held at a later date to determine how much Lee has to re-pay.

Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler dismissed a conspiracy to commit burglary charge and two counts of receiving stolen property that had been filed against Lee. The judge had previously dismissed a charge against Lee related to the Lohan burglary.

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  • Edecio Martinez

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