Sandra Bullock’s stalker charged for weapons cache

2014-06-19 08:41

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Los Angeles – A man accused of breaking into Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock’s Los Angeles home has pleaded not guilty to charges that he possessed a stockpile of weapons, the Los Angeles County District Attorney said.

Police found the weapons cache, which included several machine guns, at the Montrose, California, home of Joshua Corbett (39) after his June 8 arrest at Bullock’s residence in an upmarket neighbourhood near Beverly Hills, prosecutors said.

Corbett, who has already pleaded not guilty in the Los Angeles Superior Court to felony charges of burglary, stalking and possession of a machine gun, now faces 19 additional felony weapons charges.

His bail was yesterday set at $2 million (R21 million) on the new charges in addition to the $185 000 bond from the original charges. He is being held in the Los Angeles County Jail.

Bullock, star of such films as The Blind Side and this year’s Academy Award-winner Gravity, was at home during the alleged break-in but prosecutors said Corbett was not in possession of the machine gun at the time of the break-in.

Corbett’s attorney Stephen Sitkoff was not available for comment. He has said that Corbett suffers from serious mental health issues and did not intend to harm Bullock.

Corbett faces up to seven years and four months in prison if convicted on the three earlier felony counts and an additional maximum prison term of 12 years for the new counts.

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