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John Steven Burgess Pleads to Possession of Ammunition In LA Courtroom

LOS ANGELES – John Steven Burgess, who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the 2007 death of San Diego State University coed Donna Jou, pleaded no contest today to felon in possession of ammunition, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Burgess, 40, who also admitted his prior felony conviction in an open plea before Superior Court Judge Craig Richman, was sentenced to four years in state prison.

Upon his release on parole in December 2011, Burgess returned to Hollywood and placed an ad on Craigslist for roommates. Two women answered the ad. After discovering his true identity, they contacted police. During an investigation, police discovered the ammunition at his residence.

Deputy District Attorney Bobby Grace with the Major Crimes Division argued Burgess not only violated conditions of his parole by using social media sites and computers to meet women, he was charged with a new felony count.

“He still hasn’t learned his lesson,” Grace said in asking that Burgess receive the maximum four-year sentence.

–Source: Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office