LL Cool J burglary suspect pleads not guilty

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 11: Musician LL Cool J attends the premiere of The Recording Academy's "A Death In The Family: The Show Must Go On" at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on June 11, 2012 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images) Michael Buckner

LL Cool J attends the premiere of The Recording Academy's "A Death In The Family: The Show Must Go On" on June 11, 2012, in North Hollywood, Calif.
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(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - The man accused of breaking into LL Cool J's home has pleaded not guilty to a felony burglary charge.

Jonathan E. Kirby appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom and entered the plea on Tuesday morning.

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Kirby was arrested after the actor-rapper subdued him in his home early Aug. 22, breaking the 56-year-old's jaw, nose and ribs in the process.

He was later charged with felony residential burglary and faces 38 years to life in prison if convicted due to his lengthy criminal history, which includes convictions for voluntary manslaughter in Dallas nearly 25 years ago, along with burglary and petty theft.

A district attorney's spokeswoman says Kirby's bail was set at $1.1 million.

LL Cool J, whose real name is James Todd Smith, and his family were unharmed during the break-in, and nothing was apparently taken from their home. He plays a special agent on the CBS series "NCIS: Los Angeles," and is also known for musical hits like "Mama Said Knock You Out" and "I'm Bad."

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