In the case that has captured the attention of every tabloid in print, singer Chris Brown struck a plea agreement with prosecutors and will serve probation for his assault against former girlfriend and singer Rihanna. Reporters have been watching this case like crazy over the past several months as information about the fight were made public.
As this LA Times article points out, the fight happened when the couple was driving home following a pre-Grammy party in February. Apparently Brown received a text message from another female which started the argument. Before the end of the night, Rihanna was bit, choked, and punched before she was left on a Hancock Rd. side street.
Police evidence photos leaked onto the net a few weeks after the incident, showing Rihanna swollen and bloodied. Since that time, the case has been watched closely as Brown dealt with the after effects of being seen as an abuser.
According to the plea agreement, Brown pled guilty to assault in exchange for not serving jail time. He will do 5 years of probation and 1500 hours of community labor. Though the case occurred in California, he will serve his probation in Virginia where he resides.
Plea agreements are quite common in California criminal courts. They allow the prosecution to get a guilty plea and a “win” while requiring the offender to pay for their crime and admit to elements of the offense. In this case the singer with a squeaky clean image ends up serving a sentence similar to many non-famous assault offenders out there.
Your criminal history has a lot to do with the sentence you get in court. An extensive criminal rap sheet means it is more likely you will be sentenced to a harsher penalty. Knowing in advance what kind of sentence you can expect may set your mind at ease.