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Man Accused of Breaking Into LL Cool J's Home Charged, Would Be His 'Third Strike' If Convicted

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The man accused of breaking into rapper and actor LL Cool J's Studio City home has been identified as Jonathan A. Kirby, a 56-year-old transient with an extensive rap sheet, and now he faces a potential "third strike." Kirby, who was injured when he was confronted by the "NCIS Los Angeles Star," has been charged with first-degree burglary with a person present, says the District Attorney's office. If convicted, the crime would be Kirby's "third strike," and carry a sentence of 38 years to life.

The break-in took place early Wednesday morning. When LL Cool J (nee James Todd Smith) heard noises downstairs, he went to investigate, and encountered Kirby, who he took down and detained until police arrived. The Los Angeles Police Department were called to the scene by a female caller reporting an intruder in the house.

Kirby's record includes theft and disorderly conduct arrests in both L.A. and Orange County, and served time in the 1990s for burglary and just a few years ago for petty theft.

LL Cool J was unharmed in the confrontation. A statement issued by his representative offers the following: "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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Kirby remains hospitalized with a broken nose, jaw and ribs, and his arraignment date has yet to be announced.