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Chris Brown’s sentencing delayed; judge wants to make sure his community labor is hard enough

August 5, 2009 |  3:38 pm


A judge delayed sentencing R&B singer Chris Brown for his assault on pop star Rihanna today, citing questions about the specifics of a community service requirement.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg said she needed more information from Brown's home state of Virginia, where he is to serve five years' probation, about what type of work the singer was likely to perform in order to complete a "community labor" portion of his sentence.

When Brown struck a plea deal with prosecutors in June, the judge was adamant that the six months of community service include physically difficult and unglamorous work such as picking up trash along roadways.

Brown, dressed in a black, trim-fitting suit, attended the hearing with his mother and several supporters, but did not speak. He is scheduled to return to court Aug. 27.

The sentence for the singer of hits including "Run It" and "Forever" also includes a yearlong domestic violence prevention class. Schnegg has also ordered him to stay at least 50 yards away from Rihanna, 21, for the next five years.

-- Harriet Ryan

Photo: Singer Chris Brown leaves the court with attorney Mark J. Geragos. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times