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Hilton tells lawyers: Don't appeal sentence

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• NEW: Statement: I have learned a bitter, important lesson
• NEW: Press should focus on more important stories, she says
• Hilton hasn't eaten or slept since return to jail, Web site reports
• Socialite, 26, receiving psychotropic medication, Web site says
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LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Heiress and entrepreneur Paris Hilton said Saturday she has directed her attorneys not to appeal a judge's Friday decision sending her back to jail following her brief release on home detention.

"Today, I told my attorneys not to appeal the judge's decision," Hilton said in a statement posted on "While I greatly appreciate the sheriff's concern for my health and welfare, after meeting with doctors I intend to serve my time as ordered by the judge." reported Saturday afternoon that Hilton had not eaten or slept since returning to jail and was being given "psychotropic medication."

On Friday, Superior Court Judge Michael Sauer sent Hilton back to jail for violating terms of her probation from a 2006 alcohol-related reckless driving conviction. (Full story)

Hilton initially reported to the jail just after midnight Sunday and was released early Thursday to home detention with electronic monitoring because of an unspecified medical condition.

Hilton was led out of the courtroom wailing after Sauer ordered her back to jail. (Watch the media mayhem surrounding Hilton Video)

"This is by far the hardest thing I have ever done," she said in her Saturday statement. "During the past several days, I have had a lot of time to reflect, and have already learned a bitter, but important lesson from this experience."

It was not immediately clear how many days Hilton will serve. She initially was sentenced to 45 days in jail, which would automatically have been reduced to 23 days if she exhibited good behavior. Her home detention was to have been 40 days, as by the sheriff's department calculations, she served five days in jail.

When Sauer originally sentenced Hilton, he specified that she was not to serve her sentence on home detention.

Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo filed a motion Thursday asking Sauer to order Hilton returned to the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynnwood, California. Delgadillo said if Hilton were truly ill, it should have fallen to Sauer to release her.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who was responsible for deciding to release her to home confinement, told reporters Friday night, "The purpose of the release was the fact that her medical condition was deteriorating."

He did not elaborate except to say, "she was not taking a particular medication when she was in our custody, and thus her inexplicable deterioration [became] a great concern."

Sauer said Friday he never received information about a medical problem and had not changed his sentence.

"As I have said before, I hope others will learn from my mistake," Hilton said Saturday. "I have also had time to read the mail from my fans. I very much appreciate all of their good wishes and hope they will keep their letters coming."

Hilton's experience in the justice system quickly became fodder for debate over fairness and the treatment of celebrities, with some legal analysts arguing that her punishment was unusually harsh, but that her quick release to home confinement under such circumstances was unusual as well.

"I must also say that I was shocked to see all of the attention devoted to the amount of time I would spend in jail for what I had done by the media, public and city officials," Hilton said in the Saturday statement.

"I would hope going forward that the public and the media will focus on more important things, like the men and women serving our country in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places around the world."



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