L.A. Outrage Grows Over Paris Hilton

"She just wants to do her time,'' her mom tells ABC News.

ByABC News
January 8, 2009, 12:17 AM

LOS ANGELES, June 13, 2007 — -- Paris Hilton's parents braved a swarm of photographers Tuesday to visit their daughter for the first time since she was sent to jail last week.

As her parents supported her inside the county jail's medical wing, the fallout from "The Simple Life" star's arrest and incarceration continued to spread across Los Angeles.

At a hearing Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors pressured Sheriff Lee Baca to publicly explain why he had released Hilton from jail last week.

"She just wants just to do her time and get on," Kathy Hilton said Tuesday as she left the county jail after visiting her daughter, adding that Paris had not been sleeping much.

The L.A. media's Hilton-watch began early, with reporters gathering outside the Twin Towers Correctional Facility, a nondescript group of beige, blocklike buildings in downtown Los Angeles, before 7 a.m., with some arriving as early as 4 a.m.

Norma Lune, who arrived about 6 a.m. to make sure she could visit her son in jail, rolled her eyes at the gathering throng.

"No one here is paying attention to my son," she said.

But not everyone was put off, and some passersby joined the paparazzi on the sidewalk and waited for anyone who looked like they might be a Hilton. Onlooker Johnny Garcia thought this could be the beginning of a new career.

"This might be my big break," the 23-year-old bail bond company employee said, showing off a photo he had taken of Paris' sister, Nicky, when she visited Sunday.

"I saw all these guys and said that could be me," he said. "I'm going to start carrying this camera around everywhere. You never know when she might come out."

It probably won't be anytime soon. On May 4, Judge Michael Sauer sentenced Hilton to 45 days in jail for violating her probation on an alcohol-related reckless driving charge. Citing undisclosed health concerns, Baca released Hilton from jail June 7, three days into her sentence, and placed her under home confinement. The next day Sauer ordered Hilton back to jail to serve the rest of her sentence.

Hilton is expected to serve a total of 23 days after time off for good behavior.