LL Cool J's Burglar Could Get Life in Prison

The intruder faces sentencing under California's three strike law.

Posted: 08/24/2012 10:00 AM EDT
LL Cool J Burglar Faces Life in Prison

The man who broke into LL Cool J's home earlier this week, provoking a serious beat down from the rapper and actor, may now face up to life in prison in addition to his broken nose and jaw.

TMZ reports that the burglar, 56-year-old Jonathan Kirby, has officially been charged with first-degree burglary with a person present. But that's not the worst of his problems. Since Kirby has a prior wrap sheet, the LA District Attorney's office has decided to charge him as a 3rd strike offender. That means he could face between 38 years and life in prison.

Kirby broke into LL's Los Angeles mansion in the small hours of Wednesday morning, tripping the alarm system and causing the "Mama Said Knock You Out" rapper to come downstairs and see what the commotion was about. After getting into a physical confrontation with Kirby, LL subdued him until the LAPD showed up and placed him under arrest.

Though he now faces charges from the DA, LL himself did not press charges against the burglar, who is said to be a transient with mental health issues.

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