Alex Trebek Burglary Suspect Pleads Not Guilty
Lucinda Moyers faces 25 years to life in prison under California's three strikes law if found guilty.
Lucinda Moyers, the woman accused of breaking into Alex Trebek's San Francisco hotel room on July 26, faces 25 years to life in prison if found guilty of burglary. Moyers pleaded not guilty to the charge Monday and is behind bars on $625,000 bail.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Moyers has two prior burglary convictions and a third would be punishable under California’s “three strikes” law. District attorney spokeswoman Erica Terry Derryck told the paper that although no one was injured by Moyers, the Trebeck incident constituted a violent crime because it was a "hot prowl,” and could therefore be used against her in sentencing.
Derryck said, "We are alleging that the individual entered the room to commit the burglary while it was occupied. By statute, it is a serious, violent felony."
Moyers allegedly stole money and a bracelet from the Jeopardy! host's room at the Marriot Marquis, which she entered with he and his wife were sleeping.
Trebek chased and eventually confronted Moyers in a hallway, where she denied having been the person in his room. While in pursuit, Trebek ripped his Achilles tendon.
Moyers has also been in trouble with the law for other burglaries that do not count against her "three strikes."
She blamed her previous convictions on heroin use at her arraignment Monday and said a life sentence is too harsh of a punishment for her criminal past, "I'm not saying I shouldn't do any time when I do stuff. I already did time. But to do life? For stealing? And I didn't even do anything this time. They're going to give me life for my record."