Thursday, August 27, 2009

Chris Brown Sentenced To 5 Years Probation With Strict Stipulations

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg sentenced Chris Brown to 5 years of probation along with six months of community labor on Tuesday (August 25).

Other aspects of the plea agreement include Brown staying at least 100 yards away from Rihanna for the next five years unless they are attending an industry event. A probation report that was prepared for Brown's sentencing described two other domestic incidents between the former couple, neither of which was reported. The first incident happened about three months before the February 2008 beating while the couple was traveling in Europe; Rihanna slapped Brown during an argument, and he shoved her into a wall. In the second instance, Brown allegedly broke the front and passenger side windows on a Range Rover they were driving while visiting Barbados.

Brown's probation and community labor, which is actual labor as opposed to community service, will be performed in his home state of Virginia. Brown was also ordered to undergo one year of domestic violence counseling. Brown's initial sentencing was rescheduled because Judge Schnegg wanted assurance that Brown would actually perform physical labor. She was satisfied when she got a letter from Richmond Police Chief Bryan T. Norwood, which said he would directly oversee Brown's labor program. Rihanna's attorney, Donald Etra, 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 his client.

"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," Judge Schnegg told Brown during the hearing.

Brown was arrested February 8, hours after he was accused of beating Rihanna. The attack occurred in Los Angeles' Hancock Park neighborhood hours before both were scheduled to perform at the Grammy Awards.

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