source: Sky News
Hollywood actress Winona Ryder has been sentenced to 480 hours community service for shoplifting and will work with babies with Aids and blind children.
She was also given 36 months probation for shoplifting from a Beverly Hills boutique.
A Los Angeles court judge said: "If you steal again, you will go to jail. Do you understand that?"
She was also ordered to pay more than $10,000 in fines and damages.
Ryder was sentenced to perform 240 hours community service with the City of Hope, 120 hours with the Foundation for the Junior Blind and 120 hours with Caring For Babies With Aids.
The must complete the community service orders by April 7, 2003.
The fines included $6,355.40 to Sake Fifth Avenue and a total of $3,700 to the State of California by January 31, 2003.
The hearing began with Saks Fifth Avenue making a statement that they lost $7m-a-year to shoplifers.
The store says the money could have gone to welfare pensions for its staff but instead it went to "criminals".
The Saks' lawyer said: "Shoplifters are picking the pockets of American people."
He also accused Ms Ryder of "making light" of pending criminal charges.
She was found guilty last month of stealing designer clothes worth more than £3,000 from the exclusive Saks Fifth Avenue store in Beverly Hills in December last year.
Ryder, 31, star of "Girl, Interrupted" and "Age of Innocence," had pleaded not guilty but did not testify during the 10-day trial.
Her lawyers accused both Saks and prosecutors of targeting her because of her celebrity.
But it emerged after the trial that the actress had been involved in suspected shoplifting incidents three times at other posh department stores since May, 2000 but had never been charged