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Bobby Brown spends only 8 hours in jail

March 21, 2013 | 10:29 am

Bobby Brown

Singer Bobby Brown is now wearing an electronic ankle bracelet and is out of jail after serving eight hours behind bars in connection with a DUI conviction, sheriff's officials said Thursday.

Brown, who was part of the group New Edition and for a time had a successful solo career, reported to court Wednesday to begin serving his sentence of 55 days in jail and four years of informal probation after pleading no contest in February to a DUI charge, one of two such offenses last year by the singer.

Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said Brown was likely to serve no more than nine days in County Jail because of overcrowding, as well as time off for good behavior and credit for "good time work time." But Whitmore also noted the sentence could be influenced by his county probation officials.

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It was their decision to place Brown on an electronic ankle bracelet, Whitmore said. The exact requirements were not available, Whitmore said, but inmates typically cannot travel outside their homes for the time they are under electronic monitoring.

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, once married to the late Whitney Houston, 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.

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

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