Chris Brown is a free man after he was released from jail early, supposedly thanks to good behavior credits plus time previously spent incarcerated and in rehab.
According to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, the R&B star was released at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, although no details were given at the time. In custody since March, Brown had been arrested after he was kicked out of rehab for violating his court-ordered sentence at a treatment facility.
Brown was ordered to stay in jail last month when he admitted to violating probation after getting in an altercation outside a Washington, D.C., hotel last year. Judge James R. Brandlin of the Superior Court sentenced Brown to remain in jail for an additional 131 days, although he was expected to be freed sooner.
Brandlin apparently gave the troubled singer credit for almost eight months upon sentencing him to a year in jail. Brown's previous jail time, his rehab stint and good behavior while behind bars all counted toward served time.
However, the lawbreaking Grammy winner will still have to complete the remainder of his 1,000 hours of community labor after leaving jail. Fox News claimed that as of February, Brown has some 800 hours of community service left.
Brown's troubles started when he famously attacked, and severely beat, then-girlfriend Rihanna before the 2009 Grammy Awards. But, Brandlin took into account Brown's young age during the violent incident and that he had a supposed mental illness, which was undiagnosed at the time.
While serving his time in rehab before being expelled, Brown was being treated for bipolar disorder, anger management and substance abuse issues.
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