A plea deal has been reached in the assault case against singer Chris Brown
in the Los Angeles Criminal Court. Brown, 20, faced charges of assaulting
his pop star girlfriend, Rihanna.
Under terms of the agreement, Brown will serve five years of probation
and must serve 180 days in jail or the equivalent, about 1,400 hours in
labor-oriented service. He must also undergo a year-long
domestic-violence counseling class.
Brown pleaded guilty to one count of
Assault with the intent of committing great bodily injury in connection with the
argument inside a rented Lamborghini on a Hollywood street in February.
Rhianna, whose real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, made a brief appearance
at the hearing after Brown had left the courtroom to hear Los Angeles
Criminal Court Judge Patricia Schnegg discuss the
issuance of a "stay away" order
requiring him to stay 100 yards from her. Through her attorney, Rihanna
had requested that such an order not be issued. However, Schnegg refused
that request, saying she would issue such an order but would revise it
to 50 yards, 10 yards if the two are at the same "industry event"
Schnegg said Brown could apply to have his supervised probation transferred
to Virginia, where he maintains his legal residence. He also can complete
his community service there, she said, but it would have to meet the court's
If you or someone you know has been charged with Assault or Domestic Violence
contact Los Angeles Defense Lawyer Robert M. Bernstein today.