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Chris Brown facing sentencing today in Rihanna assault case

August 5, 2009 |  7:40 am

Pop singer Chris Brown will be sentenced today in connection with his attack on former girlfriend Rihanna.

Brown reached a plea deal with L.A. prosecutors in June that is expected to limit his sentence to probation -- and no jail time. Under the agreement, Brown, 20, will serve five years' probation and take a yearlong domestic violence prevention class. L.A. County Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg also ordered him to stay at least 50 yards away from Rihanna, 21, for the next five years.

Schnegg will hand down her sentence this afternoon.

Brown was arrested in February for allegedly beating and threatening Rihanna during an argument in a rented Lamborghini.

The alleged altercation occurred as the couple drove home from a pre-Grammy party. The news that Rihanna was injured and that Brown was wanted by police surfaced the next day as scores of celebrity reporters awaited the couple's arrival on the red carpet.

If he had been convicted of felony assault and criminal threats, Brown would have faced a maximum of five years in prison.

Brown recently released a video in which he apologizes for his actions: "I had a chance to live those moments again. But, unfortunately, I can't. I cannot go into what happened and, most importantly, I'm not going to sit here and make any excuses. I take great pride in me being able to exercise self-control and what I did was inexcusable. I am very sad and very ashamed at what I've done.''

--Shelby Grad


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