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Bobby Brown wearing ankle monitor for DUI sentence

March 22, 2013 |  8:31 am

Bobby Brown, photographed in 2007. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

This post has been corrected, as noted below.

Singer Bobby Brown is now being monitored by an electronic ankle bracelet as he serves his 55-day sentence in connection with a DUI conviction, sheriff's officials said.

Brown reported to court on Wednesday to begin serving his jail sentence and four years of informal probation.

Los Angeles County 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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Brown ended up serving just eight hours in jail before being released.

Brown, a onetime member of the singing group New Edition who also had a solo career, pleaded no contest in February to a DUI charge, one of two such charges last year for the singer. 

Whitmore said it was the Probation Department's decision to place Brown on an electronic ankle bracelet. 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, ex-husband of 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 California Highway Patrol officers allegedly spotted him talking on his cellphone while driving.

The second arrest, also in the Valley, took place Oct. 24.

[For the record, 9:45 a.m. on March 22: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that it was the sheriff's department's decision to place Brown on an electronic monitoring device. That decision was made by the Probation Department.]

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Photo: Bobby Brown, photographed in 2007. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

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