Bobby Brown sentenced to 55 days in jail for DUI
Bobby Brown has been sentenced to 55 days in jail for a 2012 drunk driving case -- his second that year.
The 44-year-old "New Edition" singer had pleaded no contest to the charges. In October 2012, Brown was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, marking the second time he was detained for one in seven months, and also charged with driving on a suspended license.
On Tuesday, February 26, a Los Angeles judge sentenced him to 55 days in jail -- 20 for two counts of DUI and 35 for a probation violation -- and ordered him to report to a Los Angeles correctional facility on March 20, City attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan said in a statement obtained by OTRC.com.
He was also given four more years of information probation and was ordered to complete an 18-month alcohol treatment program -- including three AA classes a week -- and pay $3,600 in fines. Brown has not commented.
Last year, he also pleaded no contest to a separate DUI charge in March 2012, weeks after his ex-wife Whitney Houston died, and a judge ordered him to undergo treatment for alcohol addiction, put him on probation and issued a fine. He was also cited for driving with a suspended license. It was not valid because he had failed to appear in court to contest a speeding ticket.
In August 2012, two months before his second DUI arrest, Brown entered a rehab center. His wife, Alicia Etheredge, said at the time: "Bobby's children and loved ones are very proud of him. We appreciate his fans prayers and well wishes. Bobby is mentally in a good place."
Brown has battled substance abuse for years and has a prior DUI conviction from 1996. He pleaded guilty to the charge six years later and was sentenced to eight days in jail.
In 2004, he was sentenced to 60 days behind bars for violating his probation, months after he was arrested and charged with battery following a domestic dispute with Houston. In 2008, he was sentenced to a year of community service after police found him in an SUV in possession of a small amount of cocaine.