Just 131 more days to go…
After admitting to violating the terms of his probation, Chris Brown was ordered to spend another 4-plus months in jail today. Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin originally sentenced the entertainer to one year behind bars, but gave him credit for nearly eight months of time served. The credits included good behavior in jail and his stints in rehab.
Legally the “Loyal” singer could have received up to four years in jail, but the judge was swayed by his recent bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress diagnoses. Brown was also ordered to attend therapy two days a week and submit random drug tests three times a week.
Things aren’t looking too good for Brown, but according to TMZ he has a small chance of getting out sooner. “We’re told the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. has been releasing inmates sentenced to 1 year after 240 days. And here’s the thing. Chris gets credit for 2 days for every 1 he served behind bars, so when you add it up, he has credit for 234 days — 6 days shy,” the site reports. “So he could be released in days.”
The admitted probation violation (stemming from his 2009 beating of then-girlfriend Rihanna) took place last October outside of a Washington, D.C., hotel, where Brown got into a physical altercation with a 20-year-old man. He currently faces a misdemeanor assault charge in the nation’s capital for that fight. The trial is scheduled to start in the following months.
Sources say Breezy’s mother and several friends watched Friday’s court proceedings. He’s been in custody since mid-March.
During a recent interview with The Grio, life coach Iyanla Vanzant said serving time is “absolutely” a way for the young star to get the help he needs.
“It’s an opportunity to be still,” she said. “I call jail ‘God’s vacation retreat center.’ You get the opportunity to retreat to the center of your soul and get clear with your creator…Many young men have gone to prison and come out clear, focused, and disciplined. They went in and they realized they weren’t being punished, they were being held accountable.”