The news of a Chris Brown plea deal may outrage a lot of people, as news has come from a Los Angeles court that Chris Brown’s plea agreement means no jail time. The Chris Brown plea deal means that he gets 5 years probation for the felony assault that he committed against then girlfriend Rihanna, and that he will not see a minute of jail time for the assault. With the Chris Brown plea deal comes the agreement that Chris Brown pleads guilty for felony assault, and must stay at least 50 yards away from Rihanna at all times. The Chris Brown plea deal may not quite seem like it fits the crime, but that is what the courts have agreed to do.
When it was first released that Chris Brown had beat up Rihanna and had allegedly threatened to kill her, it was thought that he would end up spending some time in jail for this crime. Instead though, Chris Brown will not see any jail time, thought to be the case because he is a first time offender, but at the same time it is going to be viewed as a celebrity getting off from jail time merely because of the way that the case is being resolved. The trial would have made headlines if a plea deal hadn’t really been reached, and as a result of the plea deal, no conviction will end up on the criminal record of Chris Brown.
What the Chris Brown plea deal does mean though, is that he will have to spend 180 hours on community service, most likely doing things like road cleanup according to CNN and TMZ. He will also be on supervised probation and will have to report to court every three months for review. Add to this that he must enroll in a domestic violence counseling program, and some might feel that he has received a just punishment for the crime when compared to other cases of the same stature. If Chris Brown violates his probation, he could get up to 4 years in prison as a result.
It’s not very surprising that Chris Brown has been able to avoid getting jail time, and though he won’t serve time for his crimes, he has seriously tarnished his public image when it comes to endorsements and selling music. It’s also a bit of a shame that the court can’t do more when it is a case like this, and that when a guy beats his girlfriend up as badly as Chris Brown did to Rihanna, it seems like he really should be spending some time in jail. He won’t be if he keeps his nose clean until his probation is over, and it will probably be business as usual for the admitted criminal. So is this a fair punishment for beating up a woman? Or should the courts have been harsher? Public debate is sure to ensue.
Source: TMZ Coverage of plea deal