LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge turned down a prosecutor's motion Monday to send Chris Brown to jail, citing the R&B singer's continued good behavior and progress in a rehabilitation program.
Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin said probation officials reported that Brown is making good progress in treatment and must remain in the program unless he is given permission by the court or his probation officer. Brown was sentenced to three months of in-patient rehab in November after the singer was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault over an altercation several weeks earlier in Washington, D.C.
A prosecutor sought to have Brown thrown in jail during Monday's hearing and called for a full probation violation hearing, which would have resulted in evidence about the D.C. case being presented to Brandlin. Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Mary Murray cited the new case as the basis for removing Brown from rehab and placing him in custody.
"He continues to pose an increasingly violent danger to society," Murray wrote in a motion, citing the D.C. case and an incident in which Brown threw a brick through his mother's car window after a therapy session.
Murray said she made the motion on Monday because she now had information about the man whose nose was allegedly broken in the attack that allegedly involved Brown and his bodyguard.