Chris Brown's Sentencing in Rihanna Assault Case Delayed

By Joel Zand on August 05, 2009 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

L.A. Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg, who presides over the Chris Brown assault-on-Rihanna case, postponed his sentencing today until August 27.

"The judge wants to know if Virginia has similar work programs like Caltrans where he will do community labor," according to Jane Robison, a press secretary in the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.

Donald Etra, Rihanna's attorney, said that "the judge is awaiting confirmation from Virginia as to what Chris would be doing."

But why will Chris Brown serve his sentence in Virginia instead of California?

Brown is a Virginia native and has a home there, so that is why he wants to serve his sentence on the other coast.

Etra also answered questions about how his client is doing in the aftermath of Brown's assault.

According to Etra, Rihanna is "doing great.  She is hard at work and appreciates the love and support that friends and family have given her."

When asked if Brown and Rihanna have had any contact, Etra responded that "there has been no violation of the stay away order."

Etra also said that judge "had ninety-percent (90%) of the documents as to what [Brown] would be doing, but she is still awaiting for documents."

In California, sentences for work on Caltrans require community labor, not community service.

It may be that Judge Schnegg wants to make sure that Brown will actually be laboring in Viriginia, i.e., doing hard work.

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