Chris Brown Avoids Jail Time, Stays in Rehab

By: Jodi Phillips

Last month, Chris Brown appeared in a Washington, D.C. court to dispute assault charges claiming the singer hit a man outside of the W Hotel.  During the case, prosecutors offered Brown a deal to plead guilty to the misdemeanor assault charge.  Outside the court, though, his lawyers rejected the deal citing Brown’s innocence.

While the hearing has been rescheduled for Feb. 20 in D.C., on Monday Brown appeared in a Los Angeles court to decide if the alleged D.C. assault charge violated his probation.  LA District Attorney Mary Murray asked the presiding judge to send Brown to jail immediately, stating his behavior has been violent and is an increasing danger to society. Murray also asked that investigations reopen in the D.C. case citing possible new evidence.

But it was Brown’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, that ultimately took the judges ruling, saying, “Chris has made great strides while in treatment for anger management and has tested negative for drugs several times… I’ve known him for five years, and he’s looking as  good as he’s ever been.”

Siding with Brown’s lawyers, the judge ruled that the singer will finish his 90-day treatment in rehab for anger management.

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