Chris Brown gets five years probation in Rihanna assault
Chris Brown was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation and 180 days of community labor in his home state for beating up his former girlfriend Rihanna, the L.A. Times reports. And in true celebrity fashion, he's getting the V.I.P. treatment: The chief of police in Richmond, Va., will monitor his labor personally.
The sentence was handed down after a plea deal that kept the 20-year-old out of jail. In addition to the probation, he'll have to take a 52-week domestic violence course. L.A. County Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg also is making him stay at least 50 yards away from his 21-year-old ex for the next five years. She also is specifying that she wants Brown performing labor, like cleaning grafitti and washing cars, and not just lecturing kids.
The hearing had been planned for Thursday afternoon, but Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, asked to move up the singer's sentencing to Tuesday, the AP reports. A previous attempt to sentence Brown was postponed when Schnegg said she hadn't received adequate assurances that Brown would perform physical labor if allowed to serve probation in Virginia.
The judge said she was satisfied with a letter presented by Geragos that Richmond Police Chief Bryan T. Norwood will directly oversee Brown's labor program.
After Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault in June, Schnegg ordered the pair to stay away from each other and to not contact one another. Her order Tuesday essentially extended that for the next five years.
Donald Etra, Rihanna's attorney, has said he didn't think the strict rules were necessary, but that he and Rihanna favored a less-stringent ruling that simply ordered Brown not to annoy, harass or molest the 21-year-old pop singer. Schnegg said she was aware of reports that Brown had been spotted on several occasions in the same places as Rihanna.
"I am not amused with the chatter that has been on the airwaves and any violation of your probation in this case comes with the potential for state prison," Schnegg told Brown.
Brown must attend a court hearing every three months for the next five years, TMZ specifies. The first appearance will be Nov. 19. He also must pay $2,500 in restitution, another $2,500 in probation expenses, a $30 criminal conviction fee and $400 for a domestic violence fund. That last one seems like a mere pittance after repeatedly punching and even biting Rihanna.
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