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Suspect in Sandra Bullock case charged with stalking, having machine gun

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Suspect in Sandra Bullock intruder case charged with burglary, stalking, possessing machine gun
Sandra Bullock was home when intruder broke into her West Los Angeles house, police say

The suspect in a home-intruder case involving actress Sandra Bullock was charged Tuesday with breaking into the "Gravity" star's West L.A. home, stalking her and possessing a machine gun.

Joshua James Corbett, 39, of Montrose appeared in a downtown L.A. courtroom Tuesday to face the charges, including felony first-degree residential burglary, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Wendy Segall.

He pleaded not guilty and was ordered by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Renee Korn to stay at least 200 yards away from Bullock.

Prosecutors say Corbett scaled a fence to access Bullock's property on June 8, and then broke into the home around 1 a.m.

Bullock was home at the time of the break-in, which came hours after she appeared at an awards ceremony.

Authorities said Los Angeles police subsequently responded to a 911 call from Bullock's home and Corbett was arrested. Investigators said they believe that he entered the house through a back door.

Prosecutors said Corbett was not in possession of the machine gun at the time of the break-in, but that the weapon was found June 9 during a subsequent search.

The Oscar-winning star of "The Blind Side" this week obtained an emergency protective order against Corbett to stay away from her. Prosecutors on Monday filed stalking charges against Corbett, alleging that he "willfully, maliciously and repeatedly" followed the actress and harassed her. 

Corbett was being held in lieu of $185,000. If convicted of all the charges, he faces a sentence of up to seven years, four months in prison.

Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times

UPDATE

2:49 p.m.: Adds that Corbett pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

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