Singer Bobby Brown was sentenced today (Jan. 17) to eight days in jail and ordered not to drive for a year after pleading guilty to a 1996 drunken driving charge in DeKalb County, Ga. State Court Judge Wayne M. Purdom also ordered Brown to perform 240 hours of community service, pay $2,000 in fines and $800 in court costs, and get counseling. He will be on probation for two years.
Brown, 33, is married to singer Whitney Houston, who was not in the courtroom today.
The judge had issued a warrant for Brown’s arrest this week because the singer left Georgia in violation of his bond to perform Monday at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles.
“Mr. Brown, you can’t know from your position how tempting it is in this case to just throw the book at you,” Purdom said. Brown was taken into custody immediately. As he was escorted from the courtroom, he said, “It’s over.”
It’s not the first time behind bars for Brown, who spent 26 days in a Florida jail in 2000 for violating parole on a 1996 drunken driving conviction by not submitting to a drug test. Brown also faces charges in Atlanta, where he was arrested Nov. 7 on charges of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana, speeding, and having no driver’s license or proof of insurance. After posting bond in Atlanta, he was transferred to the neighboring DeKalb County Jail to face the older charges.
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