Charges against Ryder reduced

— The judge in Winona Ryder's shoplifting case reduced her felony convictions to misdemeanors Friday and allowed her to finish probation unsupervised.

After reviewing Ryder's probation report, Superior Court Judge Elden Fox warned the actress that she would be sent to jail if she broke the law before the end of her probation in December 2005.

Fox then asked whether she had any questions.

"No," Ryder replied. "Thank you."

The 32-year-old "Girl, Interrupted" star was convicted in 2002 of felony grand theft and vandalism for stealing several thousand dollars worth of merchandise from a Saks Fifth Avenue store in Beverly Hills the previous year.

She was placed on three years of probation in December 2002 and fined $2,700. She paid $6,355 in restitution to the store and $1,000 in restitution to the court. She also was ordered to undergo psychological and drug counseling.

Ryder had prescription drugs in her possession when she was arrested while shopping on Dec. 12, 2001. A drug charge was filed but eventually dropped after a doctor said he had prescribed the medication.

In December, Fox praised the actress for her behavior on probation. She also has completed 480 hours of community service at the City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte.


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