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Hard Time Unlikely For Ryder

Winona Ryder has been convicted of felony theft charges for her now-famous shopping excursion at a Saks Fifth Avenue store, but that doesn't mean the actress will spend any time behind bars.

Prosecutor Ann Rundle said probation, community service and restitution are the probable penalties for Ryder after she was found guilty Wednesday of stealing more than $5,500 worth of merchandise at the Beverly Hills store last year.

"This case was never about jail time," Rundle said. "We wanted Ms. Ryder to take responsibility for her conduct."

As CBS News' Manuel Gallegus reports, Ryder looked worried and concerned as the verdicts were read. The first verdict was in her favor. But not the second or third.

The jury convicted her of grand theft and vandalism, the latter charge for cutting sensor tags off merchandise. The charges carried a maximum sentence of three years in prison, but Rundle pointed out it was Ryder's first offense and not a violent crime.

Later, as Ryder was waiting for an elevator in the Beverly Hills courthouse, she was asked how she felt about the verdict.

"Thanks for asking," she said. "I just can't talk right now."

Her attorney, Mark Geragos, said he would have no comment until after sentencing on Dec. 6. He intends to file a motion for a new trial before sentencing.

Ryder is a two-time Academy Award nominee whose credits include "Mr. Deeds," "Reality Bites" and "Girl, Interrupted." The trial made her the topic of tabloid headlines around the world and provided a glimpse into the life of a Hollywood celebrity.

There were slight gasps in the courtroom when the prosecutor unveiled an $80 pair of socks, a thermal shirt for $750, purses for over $500, a hair band for $140 and a Gucci dress for $1,595.

Jurors were hustled out of the courthouse after the verdicts were read, sending word they did not want to talk about the case. The group of six men and six women who deliberated less than six hours included many with ties to the entertainment industry.

Most notable among them was Peter Guber, former chief of Sony Entertainment Pictures and now head of Mandalay Entertainment. He was at Sony when Ryder made three hit films there but said he had no contact with her and could be fair and unbiased.

Rundle, who sometimes chatted with the defendant during the trial, said, "I found Ms. Ryder to be a very nice individual. This was never about her character, only her conduct."

Jurors acquitted Ryder on a burglary count that required intent to go into Saks to deprive the store of property. The fact that she paid for more than $3,000 worth of goods at the start of her shopping was key evidence on that count. Prosecution spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons also noted that jurors often believe burglary involves breaking and entering.

The jury was shown videotapes of Ryder wandering through the store's designer boutiques and taking a large number of items into dressing rooms

The tapes did not show Ryder cutting off sensor tags with scissors, but a security guard testified she looked through door slats and witnessed the vandalism.

Security staff testified that after Ryder was caught, she claimed a director had told her to shoplift to prepare for a movie role.

The defense said that after her first purchase, Ryder believed the store would keep her account "open" and charge her later. But there was no evidence of an account.

Ryder's arrest on Dec. 12, 2001, was international news and the level of media interest grew when she appeared on "Saturday Night Live" and on MTV joking about her case.

Efforts to settle the case before trial failed, but the district attorney's office did dismiss a drug charge against Ryder after a doctor said he had given her two pills found in her possession at the time she was arrested.

Ryder, who began her film career as a teenager in 1986, earned Academy Award nominations for "Little Women" and "The Age of Innocence."