Bobby Brown Gets Eight-Day Sentence For Drunk Driving

Singer also fined, ordered to do community service for conviction on 1996 charges.

Bobby Brown was sentenced to eight days in jail for 1996 drunk driving charges on Friday after he turned himself in to authorities in Georgia.

A warrant for his arrest was issued earlier this week when he skipped a court appointment to go to the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Monday (see "Warrant Issued After Bobby Brown Skips Court For AMAs"). After surrendering himself, the R&B singer pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and speeding and was sentenced to eight days in Dekalb County Jail, 240 hours of community service, $2,000 in fines and $800 in court costs.

State Court Judge Wayne M. Purdom also ordered Brown to get counseling and suspended his driver's license for a year. Brown, who will be on probation for two years, was immediately taken into custody.

Brown had been ordered not to leave Georgia while awaiting trial on the charges, making his televised appearance at the American Music Awards a violation of his bond.

"Mr. Brown, you can't know from your position how tempting it is in this case to just throw the book at you," Purdom said, according to wire service reports.

"It could have been a lot worse," defense attorney Xavier Dicks said. "He was facing four years."

It still may get worse. Brown faces charges of marijuana possession, speeding and driving without a license or proof of insurance following a November 7 arrest in Atlanta (see "Bobby Brown Arrested For Drug Possession, Speeding"). Authorities realized after that arrest that the singer's earlier case had fallen through the cracks when he failed to appear in court.