Chris Brown was sentenced to remain in a Los Angeles jail for another 131 days after he had admitted violating his probation, stemming from the 2009 Rihanna case.
His mother and other supporters watched Friday’s court proceedings, with some in the audience gasping when the singer was brought into court in handcuffs and jail attire. Last week he also looked tired as he sat silently next to his lawyer during a hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court.
The singer has been in custody for two months and in court-ordered rehab five months before that while awaiting a probation revocation trial. But with that trial on hold because of a delay in his D.C. assault case, Brown lawyer Mark Geragos decided it would be better to settle the case sooner and not later.
“I would expect that Chris should be out of jail before the weekend’s up or before Monday,” Geragos said after the hearing. “If he isn’t out by Monday, then I would expect he’s getting special treatment. He’s got over 230 days credit on a 365 (day sentence) and generally the sheriff is releasing on a lot less than that.”
Brown was arrested on March 14 for probation violation after being kicked out of the residential treatment facility in Malibu where he had been living. The violation in question was his arrest in Washington, D.C., for allegedly punching a guy in the face during an altercation. He is facing a misdemeanor battery charge back East.
The 25-year-old artist was supposed to go on trail in D.C. last week, but that case was delayed and he was transported back to L.A. in the custody of U.S. Marshals.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Brandlin immediately sentenced Brown to serve 365 days in jail for the admitted probation violation. He was given credit for serving 234 days because of the rehab and jail time, leaving 131 days left to serve.
Brown responded “Yes sir,” repeatedly to questions posed by Brandlin during Friday’s hearing, including a question about whether he was acknowledging he committed a crime in Washington, D.C. It is unclear whether that will have any impact on Brown’s pending case.
According to TMZ, Brown has also been ordered to have therapy sessions twice a week and submit to random drug testing three times a week.Brown still must complete about 700 hours of community labor at a rate of three days a week once he is released from jail.
Geragos, however, said Brown has “enjoyed” the work because it is “at a facility that has allowed to him to kind of expand his horizons.”
On Tuesday a judge approved the release of five photos that prosecutors entered into evidence in the assault trial. Among the images are one of the 25-year-old rapper looking dejected as he sits in handcuffs while in custody.
Another shows a photo of Parker Adams – the man the pair are accused of punching after he tried to get on the singer’s tour bus – with a bloody nose and shirt. There is also a shot of the bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, in custody, says the Daily Mail.