LL Cool J intruder: Manslaughter in Dallas

Aug. 24, 2012 at 5:27 PM

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- The transient who allegedly broke into rapper-actor LL Cool J's Los Angeles home was convicted two decades ago of manslaughter in Dallas, a prosecutor said.

Jonathan Kirby, 56, who suffered a broken nose, jaw and ribs when he encountered LL Cool J was convicted of voluntary manslaughter Dallas in 1988, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office told the Los Angeles Times and CNN.

Kirby was also convicted in Los Angeles of auto theft, first-degree burglary and a petty theft, spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons told CNN.

Court and prison records indicate Kirby was sentenced to five years in prison for burglary in the 1990s and three years for petty theft in 2005, the Times said. He was released from prison Feb. 1 after another theft conviction, the newspaper said.

Kirby's arraignment for Wednesday's alleged LL Cool J break-in hasn't been set because Kirby is hospitalized for treatment of the injuries LL Cool J caused, Gibbons told CNN.

Police sources told the Times the incident was a "knock-down, drag-out" fight.

Prosecutors charged Kirby with first-degree burglary with a person present. He could be sentenced to 38 years to life in prison.

The sentence is higher than usual because the district attorney's office charged Kirby as an offender under California's 1994 Three Strikes Law, which mandates that state courts impose sentences as much as to life in prison on people convicted of three or more serious criminal offenses.

The district attorney's office asked for Kirby's bail to be set at $1.1 million.

LL Cool J won't be charged in the incident.

"He's the victim, not the perpetrator," district attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison told E! News.

LL Cool J plays former U.S. Navy SEAL Senior Field Agent Sam Hanna on the CBS drama series "NCIS: Los Angeles." Among his hip-hop hits is "Mama Said Knock You Out," from his album of the same name, released in 1991.

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