Chris Brown to stay in rehab, avoids jail time
Chris Brown will remain in rehab and continue his treatment after a Los Angeles judge turned down a prosecutor's motion on Monday, Feb. 3, to send the singer to jail.
Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin cited probation officials who reported that the singer has made progress in his rehabilitation program and the singer's good behavior.
In November, Brown was ordered to complete 90 days of anger management treatment at a residential rehab facility.
The singer's probation, which stems from his 2009 attack on his then-girlfriend Rihanna, was revoked in December after his October arrest in Washington D.C. for an alleged assault.
Prosecutor Mary Murray filed a motion on Monday asking the judge to place Brown in jail and called for a probation violation hearing.
In her motion, which was obtained by OTRC.com, Murray wrote "the defendant [Brown] continues to pose an increasing danger to society, the defendant should be remanded pending the outcome of the requested probation violation hearing."
Murray told the judge she could not request the probation violation hearing sooner because there was a lack of sufficient admissible evidence to meet the standard of proof needed to prove the violation.
Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos, told the judge that a report from Brown's probation officer said the singer was making great strides in his anger management program.
According to the probation officer's report, which was obtained by OTRC.com, Brown is expected to be discharged from his treatment on Feb. 19. Since he was admitted back in November, Brown has tested negative for narcotics four times when tested by the probation officer and his results turned up negative every time he was tested at the rehab facility.
The judge said that he agreed with the probation office's recommendation to keep the singer in the anger management program. The judge also ordered the singer to continue to fulfill his community service labor. So far, the singer has completed 191 hours of the 1,000 hours of community service he was sentenced to in mid-August. Brown will be ordered back for a probation violation hearing setting on February 28.