Bobby Brown Pays Child Support, Avoids Jail

Singer made three missed payments, judge suspended 90-day sentence.

Bobby Brown was handed a suspended 90-day prison sentence for missing three consecutive child support payments.

Judge Paula Carey of Norfolk County Family Court in Massachusetts sentenced the singer for failing to pay child support to his ex-wife, Kim Ward, on Tuesday June 15. According to The Associated Press, the sentence was immediately suspended as Brown had made the back payments on Monday.

Should Brown fail to make future payments of $5,000 per month to Ward, the mother of two of his children, ages 12 and 14, Carey can impose the suspended jail sentence.

After the hearing, Brown told reporters, "I'm still trying, you know. Working, you know, and that's the most I can do. I can work harder, you know, try to keep up with the payments."

Carey reportedly ordered Brown in March to get a life insurance policy and start an education fund to benefit his children. On Tuesday, Brown claimed he had been denied life insurance, but intended to start the education fund. The court will allow Brown to begin making payments to the education fund later this year.

Brown was sentenced to one day in jail in March as well, for missing child insurance payments of $63,500, but was released after making the payments (see "Bobby Brown Jailed (Again) For Failure To Pay Child Support").

In May, he was charged in another court with misdemeanor battery, for allegedly striking current wife Whitney Houston in the face in December (see "Bobby Brown Turns Himself In, Appears In Court With Whitney At His Side").