Atlanta Jail Time Reduced for Singer Bobby Brown
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Rhythm and blues singer Bobby Brown will not have to serve
the remainder of an eight-day jail sentence for drunken driving after he is discharged
from an Atlanta hospital, police said on Wednesday.
Brown, the husband of pop diva Whitney Houston, was officially released by the DeKalb
County Sheriff's Department late on Tuesday, several hours after he was admitted to Grady
Memorial Hospital with an undisclosed ailment.
Brown, 33, was sentenced to eight days in jail on Friday after pleading guilty to a 1996
drunken driving charge. He was released early under a county policy that cuts a quarter of
an inmate's sentence for good behavior, said Mikki Jones, public information officer with
the sheriff's department.
"He was released last night on time served," Jones said. "He has to do 240
hours of community service and there was a $2,600 fine."
A Grady Memorial spokeswoman said Brown's condition was good, but would not say why the
singer had been hospitalized.
Brown, who faced additional charges in connection with his 1996 arrest of failure to show
proof of insurance, speeding and failing to maintain a lane while driving, infuriated a
DeKalb County judge last week by appearing at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles.
DeKalb County State Court Judge Wayne Purdom said the appearance violated the conditions
of Brown's bond, which had stipulated the singer could not leave Georgia before his trial.
Purdom subsequently issued an arrest warrant for Brown.
Known for his hit songs "My Prerogative" and "Every Little Step,"
Brown has a history of run-ins with the law dating back to his youth in Boston.
He was held in a Florida jail for 26 days in 2000 for violating probation in connection
with an incident at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub. That same year, he pleaded no contest
to charges of kicking a hotel security guard in West Hollywood, California.
Late last year, he was arrested in Atlanta and charged with possessing less than an ounce
(28 grams) of marijuana, speeding and having no driver's license or proof of insurance.
NEWSFILE: 22 JANUARY 2003