Chris Brown’s Day Of Reckoning Ends In Probation, No Jail Time

Convicted Felon

So … we all prolly know by now that Chris Brown managed to work out a plea bargain in court yesterday that resulted in his conviction on felony assault against his ex-girlfriend Rihanna (who was also in court yesterday, apparently ready to tell her side of the story to the court). His punishment? 5 years probation and 180 days of “hard labor” cleaning up the streets of his home State of Virginia. I understand that this is a typical sentence for first time offenders of assault … which kinda sickens me. The court system is basically saying that you can assault a person of your choosing and only face probation and street cleaning as punishment. But I digress. Here are photos of both Chris Brown and Rihanna in court yesterday and a full rundown of the day’s events:


With Rihanna set to break her silence in her assault case, Chris Brown reached a plea agreement that spared him jail time, it was announced Monday. Brown, 20, will be sentenced to five years probation and 180 days of community labor to be served in Virginia. He will also complete a year of domestic violence classes, and pay fines. In exchange, he pleaded guilty to felony assault by means likely to cause great bodily injury. “Mr. Brown, I think it’s commendable that you took responsibility for your conduct,” said Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg. Brown also was ordered to stay at least 50 yards away from Rihanna – except at industry events, when it’s 10 yards – despite a request from Rihanna’s lawyer for a less-restrictive order. For now, Brown was also ordered not to have any contact with her, which includes by phone, email or text. “He’s very thankful to all the people who’ve been very supportive,” said Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos. “This is a kid who’s never been in trouble before, who wants to move past this and make sure that the message gets out that these kinds of things, of domestic violence, are not acceptable. And that he has accepted responsibility and continues to do so and embraces this as an opportunity for him to get his life back on track and his career back on track.” If he violates probation, Brown will face four years in prison. His formal sentencing is set for Aug. 5, when the court will drop a second charge of making criminal threats. Noting that Brown pleaded to a felony, Schnegg said, “I want Mr. Brown to be treated the same as any other defendant who would come into this court. That means something like Caltrans [trash pickup] or graffiti removal.” Brown had been charged with two felony counts – assault and making criminal threats – in the alleged fight that left Rihanna bruised and bloodied. The plea deal was reached shortly before Rihanna, 21, was to testify under subpoena in a preliminary hearing. Brown, wearing gray suit, off-white tie, and matching handkerchief in his front pocket, entered the courtroom shortly after 1:30 p.m. About 10 of his friends and family, including his mother, were seated in the audience.


After the judge addressed him, Brown left the courtroom and Rihanna, wearing a black dress and pearls, was brought in for the judge to explain the plea deal terms to the singer. The two were never in the courtroom at the same time. She stood before Judge Schnegg who told her that the court will consider reducing the stay-away order to the least-restrictive one after he’s sentenced. Rihanna’s only words in open court were: “Thank you, your honor,” before she was led out a special exit. According to a search warrant, Rihanna was assaulted during an argument that began when she read text messages from another woman on Brown’s phone as they driving in a Lamborghini in L.A. the morning before the pair were both scheduled to perform on the Grammy Awards. An enraged Brown allegedly tried to force her out of the car, hit her head against the passenger window, punched in her left eye and drove away while steering with one hand and continuing to punch her with the other, says the detective’s notes in the search warrant. As blood filled Rihanna’s mouth, Brown allegedly told her, “I’m going to beat the shit out of you when we get home. You wait and see!” Rihanna then pretended to call her assistant and left a fake message saying, “I am on my way home. Make sure the cops are there when I get there.” The police notes say that prompted Brown to reply: “You just did the stupidest thing ever. Now I’m really going to kill you.”

I guess I’m kinda disgusted that the ruling judge commended Chris Brown for “taking responsibility” for his actions. If he had truly taken responsibility, he would’ve turned himself into cops months ago, admitted his crimes and served a real punishment for assault. What really happened was that his hot shot lawyer managed to work out a deal where Brown only got a slap on the wrists for his felonious actions. I suppose at this point we are to hope that Brown has learned his lesson and will stay out of trubs for the rest of his life. Should he violate his probation in any way in the next 5 years, I believe he will be slapped with a more substantial punishment. In the end, I suppose we should be glad that all of this drama is over. My hope is that Rihanna can move forward from all of this in a healthy manner. Let’s not forget, she is the victim in all of this … whether she chooses to believe it or not.

[Photo credit: Splash News; Source]

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  1. anna

    Maybe you should stop focusing on being “disguated” and try to feel a little bit of sympathy for him instead. Maybe you make no mistakes in life Trent, but the rest of us do and I have no idea why you would want the worst possible sentence for him. No idea whatsoever. The punishment Chris Brown has received from this is a ruining of his reputation and rightfully so. I however won’t be disgusted with him, I will hope that this incident, which will likely haunt him forever, will give him the clarity to change and become an advocate for anti domestic abuse and other acts of violence.

  2. GirlieGirl

    Argh! Ok,I just commented on the last one… but here is more…
    RiRi DID brag about hitting her little brother with a glass bottle. She thought it was funny that she could hang with the men.
    None of us will ever know for sure what went on in that car. Her history of violence leaves me more open to the believe that Chris shouldn’t be crucified.

  3. Laura

    I agree. I also do feel a bit of pity for him in the fact that he has never been known as a “hollywood bad boy” or been portrayed or portrayed himself as some type of hustler or player. I think it was just a night gone bad and he made a lot of mistakes and now he is paying for them with picking up garbage on the side of the road and his ruined reputation. Rihanna on the other hand I have a hard time feeling bad for. She continued to see him after everything that happened, and now she and her lawyer are asking for a less-restrictive restraining order? Why would you want someone who hurt you like that closer to you than a judge seems necessary? There is something fishy about this situation, and I don’t doubt that she probably had a way in hurting him physically in that fight as well.

  4. Lauren

    Anna, how can you compare what Chris Brown did to a mistake? You’re right everyone makes mistakes in life but not everyone beats the hell out of a woman. He got off way to easy for what he did. I agree with Trent. This judge shouldn’t have commended him for taking responsibility because all he did was write a fat check to his lawyer. I for one hope that this is the last that we hear of Chris Brown.

  5. Denise

    I can’t believe that WOMEN on this blog are sympathizing with Chris Brown.

  6. Blair

    It really sickens me that people are feeling empathetic towards Chris Brown.

  7. GirlieGirl

    *sigh* “Rihanna, little brother, bottle” google it.
    Also, maybe I’m a little sensitive about this because MY little brother used to date a girl that would get mad and hit, pinch and kick him. He WAS cheating on her and that made her violent, but still.
    He of course never hit her back… but with her constant provocation… man….

  8. LOVE G

    Each and everytime i read that description of what he did to her – it sickens me. He got off easy….

  9. Kristy

    I can’t believe people want to crucify him so badly,..he didn’t kill anyone. He f*cked up and now he is paying just like any normal person.His sentence is what anyone would have gotten, he wasn’t treated special, so let it go people. He shouldn’t be in jail forever like some of you want, my god people it’s called forgiveness. Some of you need to try it out!

  10. Denise

    Kristy – right, he didn’t kill anyone, YET. Many domestic violence issues get more serious over the years (remember O.J.?) You seem pretty young to me, but when you get a little older you will maybe have a friend, niece, sister in law, aunt, etc. who becomes a victim of abuse. And then tell me if you have more sympathy for the abuser (who has admitted his crime) or the victim. As it stands now, you’re defending the abuser. This is a very serious crime which could lead to death, and NO WAY should people “let it go” as you say.

  11. nicole

    since day 1 – my gut as told me that Rihanna had played a bigger part in that car then any of us will EVER know. and a part of me kid of hopes that in the next little while she does something to show that, and people will stop trying to hang Chris. Im in no way trying to defend him, but none of us know what happened that night, and probably never will, but i dont dont think it was has clear cut & all him like the media made it seem.

  12. Anon

    I’m sick to my stomach reading that ANYONE, let alone WOMEN, think it was a ‘mistake’. I also don’t give two shits about who Rihanna hit with a bottle, that’s a separate story, neither here nor there.

    Chris Brown is a celebrity, someone people unfortunately look to as guidelines for their own actions nowadays. Women have fought too hard to end the high rates of spousal abuse, now this douchebag waltzes in and gets pretty much zero punishment for beating and threatening to kill his then-girlfriend. Right, probation is for sure going to strike fear into the hearts of those likely to assault their significant others.

  13. sean

    Anyway,I am rooting for Rihanna. I wish her the best!

  14. Anon

    Also, nice work victim blaming guys! Rihanna played a bigger part than we know? That’s idiot for ‘she made him so mad he had no choice to hit her’. I love that you’re all living in the 50s.

  15. Denise

    Well said, Anon.

  16. t

    wow! I didn’t realize the verdict was causing controversary. Wasn’t it a plea bargain? So the prosecutors had to agree with the deal.

    Why are people made others refer to it as a “mistake”? Is the word not defined as a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention? He didn’t go into the night planning to hit her. We haven’t heard of a long history of battering past girlfriends…not even with Rihanna.

    I’m not saying what he did was right. It was a very very very poor and horrible way to handle a situation. But each domestic violence case is different. Each assault case is different. I don’t necessarily think that every person who commits assault should get jail time.

  17. Yonas Michael

    WOW. WOW. Just WOW at all of you people saying you feel SYMPATHY for him?!?!
    Hitting somebody ONCE? Okay, that’s an accident. But if anyone’s seen that picture, she was continually beaten all over her face and neck. That’s not a slip up, thats just disgusting.
    He deserves to go to jail and, since all he’s doing is public service, I highly doubt he’s learned his lesson

    Don’t be shocked when we have another Chris Brown assault case in a few years…

  18. Anne

    @ Anon~ i totally agree with you

  19. lizav

    nicole- I agree. I believe there are things that happened that night we will never know. I also believe that’s how he wants it. I don’t think he wanted this to go to trail because it would come out that he was also a victim and people would judge Rihanna as well. Don’t get me wrong…I don’t condone what he did. But i also don’t believe that Rihanna is all that innocent either, considering her past. As far as his punishment goes…well sorry to disappoint so many of you, but it wasn’t the doing of a fancy lawyer…he got what any other person would have with no prior criminal record. it’s sad, i know.
    .

  20. Denise

    lizav…you make me sick. Do you really think Chris Brown was a victim? How?? And, do you think he pleaded guilty to protect Rihanna, so people wouldn’t judge her? Oh, how unselfish of him…what a fine person he is!! He pleaded guilty and struck the plea bargain deal so he wouldn’t have to go to jail – to protect his own azz. I don’t care what Rihanna may have said to Chris Brown that night to “provoke” him…she did not deserve to be beaten!! Can you not understand that? Women don’t deserve abuse! You and several other people on this blog need to go hear a lecture on domestic violence and see/read about case studies of abused women, and perhaps that will knock some sense into your thick skulls!

  21. Lana

    The truth is that many men who beat women get a slap on the wrist the first time. Just because Chris Brown is a celebrity doesn’t mean he should be treated any differently from the rest of society.

  22. Kat

    Hmmm, feel the need for number points here….

    1. Are you kidding me? Blaming the victim b.s. OMG — hello, if there was some kind of defense… Chris Brown would have made it public. Not that there is ever an acceptable excuse in the court of law for putting your hands on another person – ever.

    2. If he was treated the same under the law as everyone else is, then the sentence is fair. How can it be unfair just because it happened to someone public?

    3. If you are outraged, right the people who make the laws – because it’s probably happening daily. When I first read the sentence, I could give a flying *fig for Rhianna’s reaction — she’ll probably be fine. She’s got people. And money to help pave her way through – get treatment if she needs. But what about all the others?

    It’s just plain sad. Don’t be outraged about Chris Brown… be outraged about all the rest…

  23. Kat

    right = write…. sheesh.

  24. Let’s all hope that he really learns something from this. Let’s all hope that Rihanna moves on and finds himself a nice boy.

  25. Benni

    This is probably the only topic that I’ve ever disagreed with Trent on.

    Do I think what Chris did was justified by Rihanna’s actions? Fuck no.

    Do I think that Chris did something completely dumb and irresponsible in acting out the way he did and hitting her? Fuck yes.

    Do I think that Chris Brown is a monster and should be punished to the full extent of the law? HELL NO.

    Truth is.. he’s just a frickin kid. Blah blah blah, he should have known better, it’s not an excuse, say what you will.. but it’s the truth. They’re both spoiled, snotty, celebrity brats. I love them to death but you can’t deny it. Up until this all happened.. they were on top of the world and had anything they wanted and did anything they wanted to do.

    Point is.. they’re both at fault and they’re both victims. Whether or not your sympathy sways one way more than another is irrelevant. Chris may be the one who did the most damage and that is definitely not okay.. but his actions had to be bred and developed somewhere. I’m sure he’s not dumb enough to ever do it again and values all that he has lost because of it.. even the loss of Rihanna.

    As for the sentencing goes.. I was kind of shocked that he got what he did. I’m sure the prosecutors wanted to make an example out of him by not letting him get away scott free and that is why it took so long for the plea deal to get signed. Honestly, I know people who have done way worse but were punished with much less. Get over it already.

  26. Blair

    I think some people commenting on this topic are completely losing sight of the issue. If you commit a violent act regardless of age or fame you deserve to be punished. Chris Brown commited a horrible act of domestic violence. Im not reading any further comments regarding this post because some of them are so ignorant and childish.

  27. GoHogs

    What’s disgusting is all the women defending this moron. Or maybe it’s scary. I can’t decide which. That little PUNK never came up with a defense against her, and you can bet your stupid asses that if there was a valid defense Geragos would have blasted Rihanna with it using both barrels. Of course he pled guilty — he knew he’d never win at trial and would actually have to act like a man and go to prison with other men for a long time.

    On the bright side, California has a 3 Strikes Law for felons, so Chris The Big Man is a third of the way to life without parole! Yay! Anybody think he can keep his nasty nose clean for FIVE WHOLE YEARS?? Nah. Ain’t gonna happen!

  28. Benni

    Your post wasn’t ignorant and childish at all. *laughs*

  29. Blair’s got it right.
    What he did was illegal, it took conscious effort to do.

    He beat a woman to a bloody pulp. Its sad to still see people calling it a ‘mistake’ and ‘her fault’. It’s the reason people in normal situations end up victims of domestic abuse and never report it, they see crap like this, and these comments.

  30. Jess

    We should all be sympathetic to Chris Brown
    all he did was get angry that Rihanna was all up in his business. All he did was push her out of the car, hit her head against the windshield, punch her in the right eye, and then threaten to beat her some more, and then threaten to kill her. So her mouth was full of blood so what! She probably had it coming.It’s an easy mistake and he’s just a kid. He doesn’t know any better. I love Chris Brown so much. I am a BIG Chris Brown fangirl! I can’t wait to hear his new album! Yeah!

    Society is sick sometimes, you know that?

    I was a victim of domestic abuse, and seeing these comments just showed how f’d up society is.

  31. GirlieGirl

    *shaking my head* So what you are saying is that even though none of us were there (and RiRi seems to have forgiven him enough to hang out with him) is that this punishment wasn’t enough?
    He should’ve gotten something harsher than a first time offender?
    Beaten with a stick? Hanged? Never be forgiven?
    We should do what we can to detroy this young, black man, right? No second chances!
    Disgusted, huh?
    Your bloodlust disgusts me.

  32. GoHogs

    Boy, the Chris Brown babymama wannabes are out en force today! Good luck with that, y’all. And if he’s not available, I’m sure you can find some other pillar of society to bash your brains in for you.

  33. GirlieGirl

    @GoHogs – Your hope that a young man messes up enough to go to prison for life reminds me of Cheney’s hope for another attack on the US.

    Wishing the worst on anybody? Good luck with that.

  34. GoHogs

    @Jess: sorry to hear about your being abused. I saw my mom being abused for years when I was little, and no one deserves that EVER. Hopefully these little fangirls with the Chris Brown stars in their eyes will realize that before they find themselves in a similar situation.

  35. GoHogs

    @GirlieGirl – you do know that Chris Brown isn’t going to call you and ask you out because you’re defending him, don’t you? HA HA HA!! I’m not wishing the worst on Puss Brown; he’ll do all the work himself, just watch!

  36. GirlieGirl

    @GoHogs – Sighing at your posts…”Moron”, “PUNK”, “stupid asses”, “HA HA HA!!” …. sheesh…. I’m done.

  37. GoHogs

    @GirlieGirl – Sorry, but unlike you, I do NOT have a soft spot for men who beat women bloody OR the people who defend said abusers them and call them victims. Moron? PUNK? Stupid? Yeah, that’s about right.

  38. QTPie

    Not getting in this dogfight, but GoHogs has a point, altho he/she could have done so without the name-calling.

  39. GoHogs

    @QTPie – point taken. I will refrain from the name-calling. This is a sore spot with me, but I do apologize to everyone but Puss Brown.

  40. GirlieGirl

    @GoHogs – You sound like you’re taking this way too personally… a lil angry… almost violent.. and a little like a cross betwen Cheney and Nelson from the Simpsons.

    I’m fine with the ruling as I understnd it to be typical for first time offenders. He’ll pay his debt to society… but I’m GLAD that he’s not going to prison. I don’t think we should write him off.

  41. GoHogs

    @GirlieGirl – Nope, I’m not violent at all, unlike your boy Chris Brown, who, by the way, STILL isn’t going to call you and ask you out for defending him.

  42. GirlieGirl

    @GoHogs – ok, really last one… now that the name calling has been set aside.

    I can understand your anger towards him because of your past and present life experiences. I was initially angry at him too.
    I just hope you can understand that based on who I am and my life experiences, it would pain me to see another young, black man (one that looks like my lil cousin in fact) written off and/or put in jail over something that I sincerely hope to be his first and only offense.

  43. m

    sorry this is off topic but rihanna has a really long neck

  44. Nat Lancaster

    Did anyone catch what the judge said to Rhianna? He told her she had to stay away from Chris Brown also. He said that she could go to jail if she tried to go near him also. I think there was more to this than we are all aware of.

  45. GoHogs

    @GirlieGirl – okay, truce. My personal experiences with domestic abuse make me really hesitant to believe this was the first time he’s ever beaten a woman bloody, nor do I believe it will be the last time. Men who hit generally keep on hitting until someone stops them, and it really aggravates me (more than it should, I admit) to read messages from people saying HE’S the victim, blaming Rhianna or just defending him in general. I’m not mad at you, honestly. I am mad at people who enable violent people by sugar-coating their offenses, just as so many have done with Chris Brown. He deserved a LOT more than he got, and I worry about the message this is sending to other young men and women in this situation. Let’s just agree to disagree and leave it at that. I apologize for the name-calling and I truly mean that.

  46. GirlieGirl

    @GoHogs – Aw, that was too much of a touching post to not respond. ;-)
    I get that… I sincerely do. Who can’t help but LOVE that you’re one of those men that is not only against domestic abuse, but takes it to heart.
    My *ahem* girls got into a convo about how WE can sometimes act out of pocket. NOBODY should hit… but that’s how some of us grew up.
    I don’t ever want you to think that I want to blame the victim… just understand how a situation might have gotten out of control for both of them.
    Anyways, peace to you and we can continue to agree that Chris deserved to be punished but disagree on the severity for sure…. and I’ll continue to hope and pray that Chris doesn’t squander the chance that I am still glad he got.

    Thanks for this post though. It really helped me understand more where you are coming from.

  47. GoHogs

    @GirlieGirl – Right back atcha, GG. We’re all on the same side in the big picture. Peace 2 U, 2!

  48. QTPie

    @GirlieGirl & GoHogs – Thank GOD you two have made up! For a while there it was like my parents were still married!

  49. dw

    While I agree with you that this isn’t what should have happened, it is unfortunately what does happen. Assault is generally not looked at as a serious crime, and, at least in NY, where I work in a prosecutor’s office, people charged with assault (unless it’s first degree, which is rare) almost never serve jail time. It’s sad, but you have to understand that this is the way *everyone* is treated, whether or not they have a “hot shot” lawyer. Brown didn’t get special treatment.

    I know everyone always wants to “lock up” the criminals, no matter what the crime is, but if you saw the sheer number of people with criminal convictions, you’d be shocked. There just isn’t enough room in the prison system for even the violent offenders we have now, much less offenders with less serious convictions.

    I hate what he did, and I’ve dedicated my life to helping victims of domestic violence. But unfortunately, we have to work within the system as it exists, and this sort of thing is unbelievably common.

  50. Apples v 2

    Needless to say, VERY SURPRISED at how people feel sympathy towards Chris Brown.

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