Alleged Bling Ring Fence “Johnny Dangerous” Pleads No Contest

By Eamon McNiff

Mar 15, 2010 3:39pm

ABC News' Eamon McNiff Reports:

Jonathan Ajar, a man also known as Johnny Dangerous, pleaded no contest Friday to possession of cocaine for sale, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and one count of receiving stolen property in conjunction with the "Bling Ring" burglaries.

Ajar had previously served time in federal prison for drug trafficking, and according to police he was the fence for items stolen in the Bling Ring burglaries at the homes of Hollywood celebrities like Rachel Bilson, Orlando Bloom, Brian Austin Green, and Audrina Patridge.

Police said they recovered illicit drugs and weapons, including a Sig Sauer handgun belonging to actor Brian Austin Green at Ajar’s home. Police say other items seized from his residence included a diamond-encrusted Cartier Tiger watch, gold and diamond bracelets and cut diamonds weighing a total of more than 42-carats.

Investigators say they also found a handwritten inventory that listed other merchandise reported stolen by the celebrities.

"It should be noted that Mr. Ajar was not involved in the residential burglaries and was found to be in possession of some of the items that were later returned," Michael A. Goldstein, Ajar's attorney, told the Los Angeles Times. "Unfortunately, because of his prior criminal history, my client was left with little choice but to reach a negotiated agreement with the district attorney to avoid the potential of more than 15 years in state prison."

Ajar was originally charged with 13 felony counts, six for possession of drugs for sale, three for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one for possession of ammunition, and three for receiving stolen property. According to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office if convicted on all 13 counts Ajar faced a minimum of 15-years in prison. Ajar was offered a 3-year sentence as part of his plea, the sentencing will take place April1 5th.

 

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