Bobby Brown Slapped With Jail, House Arrest
from the Associated Press
Bobby Brown will serve nine more days in jail after being arrested for violating his probation from an earlier drunken driving conviction, a Decatur, Ga., judge ruled today (Aug. 27). The jail time will be followed by 60 days of house arrest, DeKalb County State Court Judge Wayne Purdom decided.
The singer said nothing during the hearing. Afterward, his wife Whitney Houston told reporters that she told Brown to "stay strong, baby."
Brown, 33, was ordered to undergo another drug assessment and sentenced to a total of 14 days in the DeKalb County Jail. But the judge credited Brown for the five days he's already spent behind bars since his arrest Friday, meaning Brown will only have to serve nine more.
Brown was arrested in the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta last week at a seafood restaurant, where he was dining with his Houston. Although authorities said she angrily confronted police during her husband's arrest, Houston appeared calm in court today, hugging and kissing him to show support.
Authorities say Brown was arrested because he failed to show up for court-ordered community service, drug treatment or a random drug test. Brown's lawyers said he failed to check in with a probation officer because he was suffering from an injured elbow. They also said he has been mourning the deaths of seven family members in recent months.
They contended that he had complied with a court order and completed 80 hours of community service in California. But the judge said Brown will get credit for only 40 hours because the order specified the service was to be done in Georgia.