[artist id="1961441"]Chris Brown[/artist] is due in court on Wednesday (August 5) to be sentenced, following his guilty plea in June to felony assault of former girlfriend Rihanna. Brown, 20, is expected to be sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community labor.
According to The Associated Press, Judge Patricia Schnegg has indicated that she would like Brown to do work comparable to graffiti removal or roadside cleanup, likely in his native Virginia, to complete his community labor sentence.
Rihanna, 21, was expected to testify at a preliminary hearing in June, but Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault in the incident, which took place on February 8 on the eve of the Grammy Awards. Brown turned himself in shortly after the altercation, and several weeks later, a graphic picture of a battered Rihanna was leaked to TMZ, showing the alleged result of the attack, in which Brown reportedly beat, choked and bit Rihanna as he tried to push her out of his rented car, according to a search warrant affidavit from police.
The couple did not face each other at the June hearing, and Rihanna’s attorney, Donald Etra, told the AP that she would not be in court for this Wednesday’s hearing, either. The lawyer also said he would request that the judge rescind a “stay away” order that keeps the pair from speaking and prohibits Brown from getting within 50 yards (or 10 yards at public events) of Rihanna for the next five years. Etra will request that it be replaced by an order that bars Brown from harassing, annoying or molesting Rihanna. Etra has said all along that Rihanna did not believe the “stay away” order was necessary. Brown has also been ordered to return to California every 90 days, attend domestic-violence counseling for a year and pay some fines.
Brown posted a video on July 20 in which he publicly apologized and said he has repeatedly told Rihanna that he is “truly, truly sorry that I wasn’t able to handle the situation both differently and better.”
The AP reported that Judge Schnegg will look over a report from probation officials about Brown’s progress, but has warned the singer — who popped up at an America’s Most Wanted tour stop in Virginia on Sunday night — that he will face “substantial” scrutiny. Brown’s plea deal paved the way for a second felony charge, making criminal threats, to be dropped.