Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputy Tony Moore told The Associated Press that Chris Brown was released at 12:01 a.m. Monday.
Brown had been in custody since mid-March, when he was arrested after being expelled from a court-ordered rehab for violating its rules. On May 9, Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin, ordered Brown to remain in jail after he admitted he violated his probation by getting into an altercation outside a hotel in Washington, D.C., last year. The singer was sentenced to serve an additional 131 days in jail, but he had been expected to get out much sooner.
Brandlin sentenced Brown to serve a year in county jail, but gave him credit for nearly eight months. The credits included time that Brown has spent in rehab and jail, as well as credits for good behavior while behind bars.
At the time, officials said that Brown’s time in jail could be cut down even more significantly once sheriff’s officials start tallying his sentence and determine whether he’s eligible for early release.
Brown was on probation after he attacked, his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, hours before the 2009 Grammy Awards. In October, while on probation, Brown was accused of attacking a man outside a hotel in the nation’s capital in October. He was charged with misdemeanor assault. He admitted he committed a crime that night and forfeited his right to an evidentiary hearing, where prosecutors would have had to prove Brown committed the alleged crime.
Brandlin ordered Brown to complete the remnants of his 1,000 hours of community labor once he is released from jail. As of early February, Brown had 800 hours of community labor remaining. The judge said he took into account that Brown was relatively young when he attacked Rihanna, and that he had a previously undiagnosed mental illness before the case began.