Chris Brown admits to judge that he was wrong in a move his lawyer hopes will get him out of jail sooner.
Chris Brown finally decided to come clean. The singer appeared before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Brandlin once again today and admitted that by getting arrested last year in Washington, D.C., he had violated his probation terms, according to CNN.
Brown’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, admitted that copping to the wrongdoings is a move in effort to get the singer out of jail sooner. The probation stems from Brown’s 2009 charge of assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Judge Brandlin sentenced Brown to 365 days in jail for the D.C. misdemeanor assault charges but credited him with 234 days because of rehab and of jail time already served. The “Forever” singer has been in custody for the past two months.
Brown, 25, remains incarcerated and technically has 131 more days left on lockdown, but Geragos believes he will be released much sooner. “I would expect that Chris should be out of jail before the weekend’s up or before Monday,” the lawyer said. “If he isn’t out by Monday, then I would expect he’s getting special treatment. He’s got over 230 days credit on a 365 (days sentence), and generally the sheriff is releasing on a lot less than that.”
The troubled star will still have to do community service three days a week, until he reaches 700 hours, but Geragos also said that Brown has actually “enjoyed” the service because it’s “at a facility that has allowed him to expand his horizons.” The attorney’s statement is pretty interesting, considering Brown was accused of falsifying the amount of hours he had performed on community service documents last year.
The news that Brown may soon be released undoubtedly comes just in the nick of time for the singer, who was reportedly “broken” when his trial date was delayed in late April after his bodyguard was found guilty on charges involving the D.C. assault.
Upon release, Brown will remain on probation until January 2015 and will be expected to attend anger management classes and submit to random drug tests, the judge said.
Still, Brown and his lawyer seem optimistic. “We’re gratified that he was not sentenced to state prison, gratified he’s still on probation,” said Geragos. “I think that Chris has learned quite a bit through this experience and I’m anxious to see how he does, as I think everybody else is.”