The Straits Times
Published on Nov 22, 2012

Burglar of Steve Jobs' house admits to break-in spree


SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - A former salesman who lost his job and ended up homeless has admitted in court to burglarising Mr Steve Jobs' house and seven other homes in a crime spree capped by his break-in at the late Apple founder's Silicon Valley residence.

In return for his plea of "no contest," legally equivalent to a guilty plea in California, prosecutors agreed to recommend that Kariem McFarlin, 35, be sentenced to no more than seven years and eight months in prison.

Jailed since his arrest in August, McFarlin would otherwise face a maximum penalty of more than 16 years behind bars when he returns to court for sentencing on Jan. 17, his lawyer said.

More than US$60,000 (S$73,000) in jewellery, along with several computers and Mr Jobs' wallet were stolen in the burglary, which came nine months after the high-tech executive had died at age 56 following a lengthy battle with cancer.