Chris’ fate was in the hands of a Los Angeles judge at a May 9 hearing, which was set to determine whether Chris would be released or required to stay in jail until his Washington D.C. court date in June. And after spending 59 days in prison, the singer was sentenced to at least another four months behind bars.
Chris Brown appeared in court for a hearing on May 9 hopeful that he’d finally get to leave jail and go home, but the ruling didn’t go his way. After determining that Chris violated his probation in the 2009 Rihanna assault case, a Los Angeles judge sentenced Chris to a year in jail, though he did give the singer credit for the 234 days he had already spent in rehab and in jail, according to TMZ.
Chris Brown Sentenced To More Jail Time
Chris reportedly admitted in the hearing that he violated his probation by getting into a fight in Washington D.C. in October 2013.
So even though Chris’ D.C. trial is still to come, the judge determined that Chris deserved a year in jail for even being involved in the October altercation (it is unclear whether his admission in the hearing will influence the outcome of his upcoming trial). As a result, Chris was officially sentenced to a year in jail. However, Chris will get credit for the 234 days he already served in anger management rehab and actual prison, so he won’t be behind bars for a full year — 131 days instead, to be exact.
And because overcrowding is a serious problem for California jails, there’s an even better chance that Chris will be released before serving the remainder of his sentence, TMZ reports.
The judge could have gone much harder on Chris — violating probation can be punished by up to four years of jail time in California — but Chris reportedly got a break because of his recent bipolar disorder diagnosis. The judge reportedly also ordered Chris to attend therapy sessions with a therapist two times a week. He also must submit to random drug testing three times a week. And finally, Chris will still have to finish his 1,000 hours of community service when he is released.
Judge James R. Brandlin had initially revoked Chris’ probation in December and ordered him into rehab for anger management issues. Chris was then moved from rehab to prison after he was kicked out of a facility for a myriad of issues, including allegedly having an affair with a rehab employee, according to the AP.
Chris Brown Suffers In Jail
It’s been a series of disappointments for Chris ever since he was thrown in jail. The R&B singer was first eyeing mid-April — the original date of his case in D.C. — as a release date, only to have that trial pushed back to June. And then when Chris thought he might be released on May 2, the LA court pushed back his hearing date by a week, throwing salt in Chris’ wounds and extending his jail stay even further.
And prison life has not been easy on the singer. “Chris is in pain and he’s suffering mentally,” a source told HollywoodLife.com exclusively on April 25. “It’s bad, real bad. All hope is gone. He can’t take it and everybody that knows him can’t believe he’s still alive.”
This latest sentencing has to be the lowest Chris has ever been though.
— Andrew Gruttadaro