January 12, 2008 / 12:12 AM / 10 years ago

Michelle Rodriguez released early from L.A. jail

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Michelle Rodriguez has been released from jail after serving 17 days of a six-month sentence for probation violation, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. said on Thursday.

The 29-year-old former star of the TV series “Lost” was freed on Wednesday evening from the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, south of downtown Los Angeles.

A judge sentenced Rodriguez in October for violating her probation on previous drunken-driving and hit-and-run offenses, and specified she not be granted work furlough, early release or home confinement. She surrendered on December 23.

“I definitely wouldn’t call it unusual,” a Sheriff’s official said of her early release, noting that factors such as overcrowding and the severity of the crime can come into play.

Rodriguez has had some good luck with the Los Angeles penal system. She was sentenced to 60 days in jail for a probation violation in May 2006, but was released after just four hours and 20 minutes.

Other celebrities including Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton, served a fraction of their sentences last year, raising allegations about preferential treatment. But “24” star Keifer Sutherland began a 48-day term for drunken driving on December 5, and is expected to do the full stretch.

Reporting by Dean Goodman; editing by Todd Eastham

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