August 25th, 2009
07:01 PM ET

Chris Brown sentencing - by the numbers

60.  52.  6.  And zero.

Those were the details of Chris Brown's sentencing Tuesday - and the smallest number may be the most important.

Under the terms of his plea deal for assaulting Rihanna back in February, the 20-year-old R&B star will be on felony probation for 60 months.  He'll have to complete a 52-week domestic violence counseling program, and perform six months of "community labor" - L.A. Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg was clear that she wanted Brown to work.  And Judge Schnegg continued the protective order preventing Brown from contacting or approaching Rihanna in any way.

The judge seemed to take special care to ensure Brown understood that last point, reading the language of the order out loud, and then addressing Brown directly.  She noted that while she didn't rule by hearsay, she wasn't "immune to the chatter" that Brown and Rihanna had been seen together since the order was first imposed.  She spelled it out: violating the protective order would be a violation of Brown's probation.  That means no contact of any kind, staying at least 10 yards away at "industry events" such as award shows, and at least 100 yards away the rest of the time.

I've only met Brown once, nearly two years ago, at the press junket for the movie "This Christmas."  My impression of him was of a talented kid: enthusiastic about music and basketball, a little more polite than your average teenager, and enjoying his celebrity status.  I don't know how much he's changed in the last two years, or how much he'll change in the next five, over the course of his probation.  But I hope he finds a way to become the role model that so many people seem to want or expect him to be - to convince both his fans and those who rightfully blasted him for his criminal behavior that he's a changed man, that he learned the worst possible way what a real man does and doesn't do.  Being a cautionary tale isn't comfortable, but it may be the best thing that could come out of all this.

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. mindexplosion

    yeah allison, rihanna hit him first but she didnt bite a chunk of his ear off or threaten to kill him either.

    August 28, 2009 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. Liesel

    Yeah, this was by the numbers. These kind of numbers $$$$. A average person would have been in jail. Anyone who listens to his music should have to join him behind bars.

    August 28, 2009 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tony

    Chris Brown is a scumbag and belongs in jail. The assualt he was sentenced for was not the first one. He is a violent liar and dangerous. All of these stupid women like "allison" that support him by saying "she hit him first" need to have their head examined. This is just like O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown....

    August 27, 2009 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Shawn

    He has to stay away from Rihanna for 5 years?? He won't make it. Hope he realizes the judge is going to send him to big boy prison.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. allison

    did everybody forget that in one of the instances rihanna hit him first?

    August 27, 2009 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. mww

    Christoper Brown shoul be behind bars!! We see and hear this type of violence everyday in the news! Its only turn to tragety.

    It's sick and he is a menance to society! Its a very bad message were sending to young people! Shame on Geragos, Brown and anyone who would stand behind this animal!!

    August 26, 2009 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Queen 822

    if this had been a regular man and not a celebirty he would have gotten some time in jail. I just hope he learns his lesson

    August 26, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LBW

    Those two had a history of hitting each other. He just got caught. Too young, too rich and just plain stupid.

    August 26, 2009 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. Kim

    To quote a good friend of mine when she read about this "What message does ZERO time in jail send to the victim? And to domestic abuse victims elsewhere?"

    What... he couldn't spend a weekend in jail? This is shameful. This judge failed in their duty in my opinion. Assault is assault and a crime punishable by jail time, not matter WHO you are.

    August 26, 2009 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. Debra

    We will see how repentant Mr. Brown is by how he follows the ruling. If Rihana takes him back she is a fool.

    August 26, 2009 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. MM

    I think they should hand Chris over to Rihanna's father. Give him a butt whooping.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |

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