Alex Trebek suspect says punishment doesn't fit crime
Lucinda Moyers, who was charged with burglary in the case, has already been convicted for several similar crimes. She told the San Francisco Chronicle in a jailhouse interview that she now faces 25 years to life if convicted -- a sentence she believes is far too harsh.
"I'm never going to see life again outside if I'm found guilty," she told the paper. "I'm not saying I shouldn't do any time when I do stuff. I already did the time," Moyers said. "But to do life? For stealing? And I didn't even do anything this time. They're going to give me life for my record."
She pleaded not guilty in the Trebek case and insisted she didn't plan to steal from the TV host.
Moyers' attorney insisted Thursday that his client was not a thief but had worked as a prostitute.
Attorney Mark Jacobs told the San Francisco Examiner through a spokeswoman that his client was at the Marriott Marquis hotel on July 26 to meet a client and never entered the room where Trebek was staying with his wife.
Moyers is accused of stealing a wallet, bracelet and $650 in cash from Trebek, who was filming the National Geographic World Championship at Google's Mountain View headquarters at the time of the incident. She pleaded not guilty to one count of residential burglary and one count of possession of stolen property and remained in custody on $625,000 bail.
Hotel security guards apprehended Moyers as Trebek chased her, authorities said. Trebek tore his Achilles tendon during the incident.
But Jacobs said they caught the wrong person. Moyers ran from Trebek because she didn't want the hotel to know she was there for prostitution, her attorney said, and she never took anything from the game show host.
"Ms. Moyers didn't have any stolen property in her possession when she was arrested," Jacobs told the Examiner.
Prosecutors said Moyers has a record of stealing from hotels -- she was convicted in 1990, 1991 and 1997 for burglarizing hotels and spent more than 12 years in jail.
The man Moyers said she was supposed to meet never answered the door, Jacobs said.
-- Kate Mather
Photo (left): "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek Credit: Ben Hider / Getty Images
Photo (right): Lucinda Moyers. Credit: San Francisco Police Department handout / Associated Press