While previously scheduled for Thursday, [artist id=”1961441″]Chris Brown[/artist]’s sentencing in his felony assault against [artist id=”1940303″]Rihanna[/artist] will now take place today (August 25), according to an alert sent to the media from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Brown, who pleaded guilty to the charge in June, is expected to be sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community labor.
No reason was given for the change of date except for “defense [Brown] request,” which is presumably an effort to minimize media coverage of the sentencing.
The sentencing was originally scheduled for August 5 but was delayed
until the 27th in order for the judge in the case to seek additional information from the singer’s home state of Virginia on whether it can accommodate mandates included in Brown’s proposed plea deal.
Under the guidelines of the plea reached in June, Brown will be under probation for five years, attend weekly counseling and perform community labor service.
According to The Associated Press, Judge Patricia Schnegg had not heard back from officials in Virginia, where Brown is expected to serve out his sentence. Schnegg apparently wanted to be sure Brown endures community labor work and not just community service. She made the announcement in court following a brief meeting with a prosecutor and Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos, according to the AP.
Previous reports suggested Schnegg wanted Brown to participate in activities such as graffiti removal and roadside cleanup for his community labor service. Community labor service — or community service work, as its known in other states — varies from state to state. According to a rep from a probation office in Brown’s native Virginia, community service work in the county could include labor activity like washing school buses or fire trucks daily or working out of a local library.
Ann Barker, the chief officer at Probation & Parole District 33 office, told MTV News last month that she was unsure which office Brown would be assigned to for his probation, but if it were her office or any office throughout Virginia, officials would do their best to “try to enforce the order of another state.”