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Chris Brown Pleads Guilty to Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Chris Brown Pleads Guilty to Assault with a Deadly Weapon

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" together.

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 standards.

If you or someone you know has been charged with Assault or Domestic Violence charges, then contact Los Angeles Defense Lawyer Robert M. Bernstein today.

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