After nearly four months behind bars, Chris Brown was released from Los Angeles county jail early Monday morning (June 2). According to the Associated Press, Brown was released at 12:01 a.m. after being arrested in mid-March on a probation violation tied to his expulsion from a court-ordered rehab facility.
On May 9, Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin sentenced Brown, 25, to serve another 131 days in jail after the singer admitted to violating his probation by getting into a fight outside a Washington, D.C., hotel last year. Brown served a total of 108 days in jail.
Brown had been sentenced to a year in county jail, but Brandlin gave him credit for nearly eight months, including time spent in rehab and jail, as well as for good behavior.
In his most personal tweet in months, Brown thanked God and expressed his pleasure about going home after his long time in lock-up.
Brown, who has been on probation since his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna, was charged with misdemeanor assault in the October D.C. incident, in which a man claimed the singer and his bodyguard attacked him. According to the AP, Brown admitted he committed a crime in the alleged assault during the May 9 court appearance and waived his rights to an evidentiary hearing in which prosecutors would have had to prove that he violated his probation.
Brown's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, was convicted of assault in the case in April and is awaiting an appeal. Brown's trial in the matter has been delayed as a result.
Judge Brandlin also stated in May that he would reinstate Brown’s probation upon his release and that the singer will be required to see a psychiatrist two times a week, complete the rest of his community service and take appropriate medication — not medical marijuana. Brown’s probation will be extended to Jan. 23, 2015.