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OTRC: LL Cool J home burglary suspect charged, injured, could get life sentence

LL Cool J's burglar Jonathan Kirby is shown in a mug shot provided by the Dallas County Police Department. / LL Cool J is shown in an undated file photo. (Dallas County Police Department / File)

The man who was arrested for allegedly breaking into LL Cool J's Los Angeles-area home has been charged with first-degree burglary with a person present, which is a felony offense, and could face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The intruder was identified by police as Jonathan A. Kirby, 56. He was hospitalized with serious injuries after the "NCIS: Los Angeles" actor confronted and overpowered him inside his house on Wednesday, prosecutors added. He was charged on Thursday, August 23, and has not commented.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a statement to OnTheRedCarpet.com that Kirby "was charged as a Third Striker in a felony complaint for an arrest warrant filed by Deputy District Attorney William Ryder. Prosecutors will ask bail be set at $1.1 million."

"Kirby remains hospitalized with a broken nose, jaw and ribs after the actor ? who plays a federal agent and former Navy SEAL on the TV show 'NCIS: Los Angeles,'' subdued the alleged intruder. Kirby allegedly broke into the home of the actor, whose real name is James Smith, Wednesday night, triggering an alarm."

If convicted, Kirby faces a maximum prison sentence of 38 years to life in prison, the statement added. He has several previous convictions, including voluntary manslaughter - which led to a 6-year prison sentence, first-degree residential burglary, theft or unauthorized use of a vehicle and petty theft, from 1998 to 2005.

The Los Angeles Police Department said on Wednesday that at 2 a.m. that morning, a man broke into LL Cool J's house. Officials said the actor, who is also a hip hop star, heard noise downstairs and went to see what was going on. He then encountered the intruder and overpowered him.

He held onto the suspect until police arrived. Law enforcement officials said initially that Kirby, who was still unidentified then, suffered several bruises but that no one was seriously injured. They later said he was a transient.

"LL CooL J, and his family, are safe and thank everyone for their thoughts and concern," the star's rep said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com. "As a father, husband and citizen, he is committed to keeping his family safe and is cooperating with authorities on this private matter."

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