Chris Brown gets Probation after Pleading Guilty to Felony Assault
Chris Brown gets Probation after Pleading Guilty to Felony Assault – Singer, Chris Brown, 20, wearing a grey suit and surrounded by his mother and about 10 of his family and friends, reached a plea agreement on Monday. He pleaded guilty to felony assault by means likely to cause great bodily injury. In exchange, he will be sentenced to five years probation and 180 days of community labor. He’s also required to complete a year of domestic violence classes and pay fines. If he violates probation, he could face up to four years in prison.
Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg told him, “Mr. Brown, I think it’s commendable that you took responsibility for your conduct.” She also ordered him to stay at least 50 yards away from Rihanna – except at industry events, when it’s 10 yards. He was also told not to have any contact with her either by phone, email or text. Rihanna’s lawyer had requested a less-restrictive order which the Judge later told Rihanna she would consider after Brown’s sentencing, which is scheduled for August 5, 2009.
Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos, issued the following statement, “He’s very thankful to all the people who’ve been very supportive. This is a kid who’s never been in trouble before, who wants to move past this and make sure that the message gets out that these kinds of things, of domestic violence, are not acceptable. And that he has accepted responsibility and continues to do so and embrace this as an opportunity for him to get his life back on track and his career back on track.”
Chris was charged with two felony counts – assault and making criminal threats – in an altercation which left Rihanna brused and bloddied