Chris Brown avoids jail time, stays in rehab
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[February 04, 2014]
LOS ANGELES (Reuters)
— A judge in Los Angeles on
Monday turned down prosecutors' motion to jail R&B singer Chris
Brown because of his arrest on an assault charge in Washington,
D.C., last year.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin said Brown
should stay at a treatment facility for substance abuse and
anger management because he was doing well in the court-ordered
program and it gave him an "adequate safety net."
Brandlin sentenced Brown to 90 days in the treatment program in
November following his October assault arrest in Washington
where he allegedly punched and broke the nose of a man who was
trying to get a picture with him.
Brandlin also revoked Brown's probation from his 2009 assault on
then-girlfriend and singer Rihanna on the eve of the Grammy
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Brown, 24, has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor
assault in the Washington case and rejected a plea deal that would
have reduced the charge to a simple assault.
The "Look at Me Now" singer had his probation from the Rihanna
assault extended last year after prosecutors alleged he cut corners
on community service.
(Reporting by Reuters TV; writing by
Eric Kelsey; editing by Mary Milliken and Cynthia Osterman)
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