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After prosecutors slam ‘sloppy’ Richmond PD, judge orders new records in Chris Brown case
L.A. County DA cites possibly ‘fraudulent’ police verification of singer’s compliance with sentence
A Los Angeles judge on Wednesday ordered additional records to prove that Chris Brown actually completed a community service sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty in the 2009 beating of then-girlfriend Rihanna.
The order comes after Los Angeles County prosecutors slammed the Richmond Police Department for “at best sloppy documentation and at worst fraudulent reporting” in monitoring and substantiating Brown’s compliance.
The R&B singer was sentenced in the 2009 assault case to five years probation and six months of community labor, which he was allowed to perform in Virginia, his home state.
On Tuesday the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion questioning the credibility of the records submitted by the Richmond Police Department as verification that Brown had completed his community service.
“Richmond police submitted paperwork last year indicating that Mr. Brown had completed his sentence, but the logs showed the singer performing double shifts in the city and at a day care center where his mother once worked,” reported Anthony McCartney of the the Associated Press.
Citing the findings of Los Angeles investigators sent to examine the records submitted by Richmond Police Chief Bryan Norwood, Deputy District Attorney Mary Murray wrote, “This inquiry provided no credible, competent or verifiable evidence that defendant Brown performed his community labor as presented to this court.”
Richmond Police spokesman Gene Lepley had no immediate reply to the stinging charges, and Brown’s attorney Mark Geragos did not respond to messages left by the AP.
Prosecutors are asking the judge to sentence Brown to a new six months of labor, to be performed in Los Angeles under stricter supervision.
On Wednesday afternoon Superior Court Judge James Brandlin scheduled a new hearing for April 5.
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