Chris Brown admitted his crime, and now he'll do his time—though not in a cell.
The disgraced singer was sentenced Tuesday to five years' formal probation and 180 days of community labor and was ordered to complete a one-year anti-domestic violence program as part of his guilty plea for beating up fellow R&B star Rihanna.
"You are going to be placed on formal felony probation for a period of 60 months," L.A. Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg said.
Brown, dressed in a dark three-piece pin-striped suit and black tie, stood solemnly during the proceedings next to his attorney, Mark Geragos, and did not address the judge except to say he understood all the terms of his probation. Rihanna's attorney, Donald Etra, was also present.
Today's sentencing was moved up from this Thursday at the request of the defense. It was originally supposed to happen two weeks ago, but Schnegg postponed the hearing after Brown's lawyer asked that the "Forever" crooner be allowed to serve his community service in his home state of Virginia.
After checking with the Commonwealth, the judge agreed and will also let him complete his counseling there as well.
But in what's likely to be the most painful part of his punishment, Schnegg left intact a restraining order barring Brown from coming within 100 yards of his former squeeze until Aug. 25, 2014.
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