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October 24, 1990 | From United Press International
A judge Tuesday reduced to four years a six-year state prison term originally imposed on Joni Leigh Penn of Garden Grove, an obsessed fan of Sharon Gless who twice broke into the actress' home with a loaded rifle. Superior Court Judge John Major made the reduction after reading a diagnostic study prepared by state prison officials. The study pointed to several mitigating factors in Penn's case.
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October 24, 1990 | From United Press International
A judge Tuesday reduced to four years a six-year state prison term originally imposed on Joni Leigh Penn of Garden Grove, an obsessed fan of Sharon Gless who twice broke into the actress' home with a loaded rifle. Superior Court Judge John Major made the reduction after reading a diagnostic study prepared by state prison officials. The study pointed to several mitigating factors in Penn's case.
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May 10, 1990
Actress Sharon Gless, co-star of the "Cagney and Lacey" TV series, testified Wednesday that she lied when she told reporters she did not live at the Studio City house that an obsessed fan allegedly invaded with a .22-caliber rifle. Testifying at a preliminary hearing for Joni Leigh Penn, Gless said she was worried that disclosure of her address would lead to "copycat" incidents by other fans.
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July 17, 1990 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An obsessed fan who armed herself with a rifle then barricaded herself in the Studio City home of actress Sharon Gless was sentenced to six years in state prison Monday after pleading no contest to burglary charges. Joni Leigh Penn, 30, who admitted being in love with the star of the "Cagney & Lacey" television program, apologized for harassing Gless for at least two years prior to breaking into her home armed with a rifle and several hundred rounds of ammunition on March 30.
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May 12, 1990 | PHILIPP GOLLNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An obsessed fan who barricaded herself with a rifle inside the Studio City house of "Cagney and Lacey" co-star Sharon Gless was ordered Friday to stand trial on two counts of burglary. Joni Leigh Penn, 30, of Garden Grove faces a maximum of 10 years in prison if convicted on both counts and if it is determined that she used a weapon during the break-in, prosecutors said. Penn is scheduled to be arraigned in San Fernando Superior Court on May 25.
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July 17, 1990 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An obsessed fan who armed herself with a rifle then barricaded herself in the Studio City home of actress Sharon Gless was sentenced to six years in state prison Monday after pleading no contest to burglary charges. Joni Leigh Penn, 30, who admitted being in love with the star of the "Cagney & Lacey" television program, apologized for harassing Gless for at least two years prior to breaking into her home armed with a rifle and several hundred rounds of ammunition on March 30.
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November 18, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
A psychiatric patient who threatened in a fan letter to commit suicide in front of actress Sharon Gless was ordered late Wednesday by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to stay at least 200 yards away from the "Cagney & Lacey" co-star.
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April 4, 1990
An "obsessed" fan who barricaded herself inside a Studio City house owned by actress Sharon Gless was armed with 500 rounds of ammunition and intended to sexually assault the actress before committing suicide, authorities said Tuesday. Additionally, authorities said that during a burglary of the same residence a week before the standoff, Joni Leigh Penn, 30, of Santa Ana, allegedly stole an address book in the hope of tracking down Gless at her Malibu home.
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April 13, 1990
A preliminary hearing will be held April 25 for a woman prosecutors describe as an obsessed fan who broke into the Studio City home of actress Sharon Gless while armed with a rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition. The hearing was scheduled Thursday for Joni Leigh Penn, 30, who pleaded not guilty on April 9. Penn is charged with two counts of residential burglary to commit theft. Both charges included firearms allegations. If convicted on both counts, Penn could face 10 years in prison.
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October 24, 1990
A judge on Tuesday reduced by two years the prison sentence of an obsessed fan who barricaded herself inside the Studio City house of actress Sharon Gless. San Fernando Superior Court Judge John H. Major reduced the sentence from six to four years after reviewing a favorable progress report prepared by the California Department of Corrections.
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May 12, 1990 | PHILIPP GOLLNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An obsessed fan who barricaded herself with a rifle inside the Studio City house of "Cagney and Lacey" co-star Sharon Gless was ordered Friday to stand trial on two counts of burglary. Joni Leigh Penn, 30, of Garden Grove faces a maximum of 10 years in prison if convicted on both counts and if it is determined that she used a weapon during the break-in, prosecutors said. Penn is scheduled to be arraigned in San Fernando Superior Court on May 25.
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May 10, 1990
Actress Sharon Gless, co-star of the "Cagney and Lacey" TV series, testified Wednesday that she lied when she told reporters she did not live at the Studio City house that an obsessed fan allegedly invaded with a .22-caliber rifle. Testifying at a preliminary hearing for Joni Leigh Penn, Gless said she was worried that disclosure of her address would lead to "copycat" incidents by other fans.
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May 25, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
A woman described as an obsessed fan of actress Sharon Gless has pleaded innocent to charges she barricaded herself in the actress's home with a loaded rifle, court officials said today. The woman, Joni Leigh Penn, 30, of Garden Grove, allegedly broke into Gless' home last March and planned to sexually assault the actress, then commit suicide, prosecutors have said. Penn, appearing in Superior Court Thursday for arraignment, pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of residential burglary.
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April 4, 1990 | PHILIPP GOLLNER and SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Santa Ana woman who barricaded herself inside a house owned by actress Sharon Gless was armed with 500 rounds of ammunition, prosecutors said Tuesday. Also, prosecutors said, during a burglary of the same Studio City residence a week before the standoff, Joni Leigh Penn, 30, of Santa Ana allegedly stole an address book in hope of tracking down Gless at her Malibu home.
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