- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 12, 2015

Peter Robbins, the former child actor who supplied the voice of Charlie Brown in various “Peanuts” specials in the 1960s, pleaded guilty in a California courtroom this week to making criminal threats.

Robbins, 59, faces four years and eight months in prison when he’s formally sentenced next month.

On Tuesday, Robbins entered a guilty plea acknowledging he made criminal threats, including one in which he offered $50,000 to have a hitman kill the Sheriff of San Diego County and another against the manager of the mobile home park where he previously lived.

“I want justice to be served, but I’m mentally ill,” he said in court, a local NBC News affiliate reported. “To stick me three years into a state prison is not benefitting the justice system. I feel I’m entitled to at least a second chance.”

Robbins was only 9 when he began voicing the cartoon character, first in the the 1965 classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and later in others including “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “You’re in Love, Charlie Brown.” He was arrested in January 2013 for having allegedly threatened and stalked his ex-girlfriend and a plastic surgeon, and was sentenced that May to jail time after pleading guilty. He was arrested again shortly after being released as the result of a probation violation, however, and has been incarcerated since this February, the network reported.

While behind bars, Robbins allegedly began sending threatening letters to Sheriff Bill Gore and others. He had been charged with making threats against a judge and vandalizing the county jail as well, but those counts were dismissed this week in light of his guilty plea, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

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“He has solicited and attempted to solicit many members through letters and writings to kill Sheriff Gore,” San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Brenda Daly said previously of Robbins. “He has attempted to intimidate many, many people. He has acted out in jail numerous times.”

“This is what happens when you are bipolar. You behave as if you are on drugs,” Robbins explained in court this week, the NBC affiliate reported. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on December 7.

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