Chris Brown Sentencing Delayed

Chris Brown’s trial will drag on a few more weeks as a judge has delayed the R&B singer’s sentencing. What’s the hold up? The judge wants to make sure Brown is going to serve his time with some manual labor.

Brown showed up for his hearing today, but Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg said he’ll have to wait for his sentencing until after she receives confirmation from Virginia state authorities that Brown can serve community labor, rather than community service.

Schnegg made the announcement after briefly meeting in her chambers with a prosecutor and defense attorney.

Photo: AP Photo

Brown pleaded guilty June 22 to one count of felony assault against fellow R&B singer and his former girlfriend Rihanna. The 20-year-old singer was accused of punching Rihanna, 21, biting her, putting her in a headlock and threatening to kill her, according to detective’s notes from the scene of the assault.

His plea deal stipulated that he serve five years of supervised probation and six months of community labor. Brown will likely be allowed to complete his community labor in his home state of Virginia but Schnegg wants him to get his hands dirty by cleaning up graffitti or picking up roadside trash rather than traditional community service work such as working in churches or community centers. Brown will be required to return to California to check in every three months in addition to attending domestic violence counseling.

Photo: AP Photo
Chris Brown, left, and his attorney Mark Geragos, attend Brown’s sentencing hearing for assaulting singer Rihanna.

The Virginia Department of Corrections previously said that it usually doesn’t consider whether to supervise a person on probation until after they are sentenced.

Brown recently posted an apology video on YouTube in which he explained, “I am very sad and very ashamed of what I’ve done. … I have told Rihanna countless times and I am telling you today that I am truly, truly sorry that I wasn’t able to handle the situation differently and better. … What I did was unacceptable, 100 percent.”

Click here for the AP article.