Kirsten Dunst's Purse Snatcher Convicted of Burglary, Trespassing

Celebrity News Sep. 7, 2010 AT 8:01PM
Kirsten Dunst's Purse Snatcher Convicted of Burglary, Trespassing Credit: Jo Hale/Getty Images

A man accused of stealing a $2,000 Balenciaga bag from Kirsten Dunst's hotel suite was sentenced to four years behind bars Tuesday.

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James Jimenez was convicted of burglary and trespassing after he ransacked the 28-year-old actress' purse from NYC's Soho Grand hotel in 2007. At the time, Dunst was in town to film scenes for her movie How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (opposite Megan Fox and Simon Pegg).

The jury also found the 36-year-old mechanic guilty of stealing a cell phone from Pegg, in addition to other items from the hotel.

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Before Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Jill Konviser issued her ruling, prosecutors argued that Jiminez should be required to serve seven years in jail.

The mechanic denied any wrongdoing, insisting that he didn't "understand why I'm being charged."

Jimenez also argued that his co-defendant Jarrod Beinerman -- who pleaded guilty in 2008 -- had stolen the items when he was given permission to enter Dunst's room to sell drugs. (Dunst denied the accusations in court.)

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"She certainly didn't have to come to this trial and lie," Jimenez's attorney Robert Parker told the NY Daily News, citing an interview where Dunst supported the legalization of marijuana.

"I will certainly build a case against Ms. Dunst," Parker added. "I don't think there's a person on this planet who would believe...she doesn't smoke marijuana."

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