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Man Gets 17 Years For Stealing Celebrity Trainer Jillian Michaels' Bentley

| by Jared Keever

A 31-year-old parolee, convicted of stealing celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels’ 2011 Bentley, has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

The Associated Press reports Gerjuan Harmon’s sentencing was announced by Los Angeles County prosecutors on Friday. 

Harmon was convicted in June of one count each of first-degree burglary with a person present and grand theft of personal property, according to a release form District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s office.

The charges stem from a July 3, 2012 incident in which police said Harmon stole Michaels’ purse, car keys and other personal items from her Malibu home while she was home watching television with her family. He drove away from the scene in Michaels’ 2011 Bentley GT. 

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She didn’t notify the police of the burglary until July 4 when she said she first noticed the car and some of her belongings were missing.

Harmon was spotted driving the stolen car later that day. He led police on a car chase that ended with Harmon crashing the Bentley into a light pole. He then fled on foot but was later apprehended hiding out in a shed. 

He was charged on July 6, 2012 with numerous crimes related to the incident. He faced 22 years in prison for all of his charges, KABC reported at the time. 

Harmon was on parole for a prior burglary conviction.

Michaels sought to ease the minds of those worried about her safety after the incident.

“Thanks so much for all your concern regarding the burglary. We are all fine & that's what counts. Stuff is just stuff after all,” she said to fans from her Twitter account. 

The June trial was the second time prosecutors tried Harmon for the burglary. 

A previous jury failed in December to reach a verdict on the burglary and grand theft charges. Jurors did, however, find him guilty at the time of unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle, evading an officer, hit-and-run and resisting an officer.

Harmon will serve his time in a California state prison.

Sources: CBS-Los Angeles (AP Story), DA’s release, KABC

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