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Homeless suspect in LL Cool J burglary faces third strike charge

LL Cool J arrives at the Staples Center

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LL Cool J arrives at the Staples Center for the 54th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 12, 2012. AFP PHOTO Joe KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

The homeless man who allegedly broke into the home of rapper and actor LL Cool J Wednesday was charged Thursday with first degree burglary and faces a very long sentence because he is a "third striker," the L.A. District Attorney's office said.

Jonathan Kirby, 56, remains in the hospital with a broken nose, jaw and ribs, courtesy of the star himself. 

Prosecutors will ask a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to set Kirby’s bail at $1.1 million. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 38 years to life in prison.

LL Cool J (whose real name is James Smith) captured the man around 1 a.m. Wednesday after his Studio City home alarm system signaled there was an intruder in the house.

The Los Angeles District Attorney filed charges against Kirby, whom the DA’s office characterized as a “third striker,” meaning he has two prior serious or violent felony convictions on his record.

 

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