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Bobby Brown turns himself in to begin serving DUI jail sentence

March 20, 2013 | 10:33 am
Bobby Brown last year in Connecticut. Credit: Joe Giblin / Associated Press

Bobby Brown reported to court Wednesday to begin serving his sentence of 55 days in jail and four years' informal probation after pleading no contest in February to a DUI charge -- one of two such offenses last year by the singer.

Because of jail overcrowding, as well as time off for good behavior and credit for "good time work time," Brown is likely to serve no more than nine days in county jail, sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

He noted that Brown's sentence could be influenced by his county probation officer or a judge's order.

In addition to the jail time for pleas related to drunk driving, driving on a suspended license and a probation violation for a prior DUI incident, Brown also must complete an 18-month alcohol-treatment program and attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week.

Brown had been sentenced to a day in jail and three years' probation for the March 26, 2012, arrest, which took place in the San Fernando Valley after officers with the California Highway Patrol spotted him talking on his cellphone while driving. The second arrest, also in the Valley, took place Oct. 24.

The singer, who went solo after being part of the group New Edition, also has a previous DUI conviction from 1996. The latest incidents came after the death of his former wife, Whitney Houston.

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-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Bobby Brown last year in Connecticut. Credit: Joe Giblin / Associated Press

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