Amy Winehouse's husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, was sentenced to 27 months in jail on Monday (July 21) for his part in an assault on a bar owner and a subsequent attempt to cover up the crime with a bribe.
According to The Guardian, despite the two-year sentence for assault and obstruction of justice, Fielder-Civil, 26, could be out of jail in as little as five months after spending the past nine in jail on the charges. Winehouse, who was interviewed by police about the incident but not charged, was not in court to hear the sentence.
Judge David Radford said that Fielder-Civil admitted to being high on cocaine and alcohol when he and his friend Michael Brown attacked pub manager James King outside the Macbeth pub in a barroom fight in June 2007. They then offered King $400,000 to keep quiet about it.
During sentencing at Snaresbrook Crown Court, Radford admonished Fielder-Civil, saying, "In joining in that attack by kicking out at Mr. King after he had already been both punched and kicked by Mr. Brown, you behaved in a gratuitous, cowardly and disgraceful way," according to an AFP report on the sentencing. "It will be of little comfort to Mr. King that you did so because of your inebriation."
King suffered a broken cheekbone, which required the insertion of metal plates in his face, and is still under medical attention because of his injuries.
Winehouse, 24, and Fielder-Civil were married in Miami in May 2007. He was arrested in November and has been in jail ever since. Given the nine months he has already served, Fielder-Civil could theoretically be released before Christmas if he gets time off for good behavior.
Amid her very public health crises and struggles with substance abuse, Winehouse had kept a public vigil for her imprisoned husband since his incarceration, frequently shouting out his name during concerts and interviews, and wearing a heart bearing his name in her hair during her recent DJ debut at a Camden, England, bar.