Nearly two hours before Chris Brown’s scheduled hearing in D. C. Superior Court his attorneys notified prosecutors that they were rejecting a plea deal they earlier agreed to. The plea deal would have meant no probation or jail time but included Brown pleading guilty to assault for allegedly punching a photograph-seeking fan outside the W Hotel in downtown Washington.
Kevin Chambers, Assistant U.S. Attorney, said although the deal called for no jail time, Brown would have had to agree to the details of the assault as outlined by prosecutors. Brown’s attorney, Mark J. Geragos, said his client does not agree with the details of the assault the way the prosecutors described them. During a press conference outside of the courthouse, Geragos said, “If they want a trial that is what they are going to get.”
Prosecutors alleged Brown and his bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, hit their client, Parker Adams, after he tried to take a picture of himself with the entertainer. Brown’s attorneys have maintained the singer and his bodyguard acted in self-defense. This is the second time a plea deal was rejected by Brown. A deal was also offered in January from the prosecutors; Brown rejected the plea deal and opted instead to go to trial. His trial has been delayed several times and his next scheduled court appearance is September 8.
Following a two-day trial in April, Superior Court Senior Judge Patricia Wynn ruled Hollosy was guilty. Attorneys for Hollosy and Brown said they have new information which could help both of their cases. Hollosy was originally scheduled to be sentenced in August, but Judge Wynn has agreed to delay his sentencing until November 7. Hollosy’s attorneys have also requested a new trial, although prosecutors have objected Wynn said she would indeed consider the request.
Brown was originally charged with a felony assault after an altercation took place with a 20 year-old fan who wanted a picture with Grammy Award winning singer. The supposed assault occurred on October 27, 2013 outside of the post W Hotel in downtown Washington. Under disputed circumstances Brown and Hollosy were both charged by police with hitting the man around 4:30 in the morning follow a party at the Park at 14th nightclub. The charge was later reduced to a misdemeanor.
Leading up to this second plea deal Brown has been in rehab and incarcerated. The R & B singer had been ordered to an inpatient rehabilitation facility as part of his plea deal in connection with the 2009 conviction for the assault of Rihanna, his girlfriend at the time. In March, Brown was ordered to jail by a California judge for allegedly making threats about using guns while in rehab for anger management. The singer was incarcerated for more than two months before his release on June 2.
After two days of negotiations between defense attorneys and D.C. prosecutors, Chris Brown has rejected the plea deal. Nearly two hours before Brown’s scheduled hearing in D. C. Superior Court his attorneys notified prosecutors that they were rejecting the deal they earlier agreed to. Although the plea deal would mean no probation or jail time it also stipulated that Brown plead guilty to the outlined assault for allegedly punching a photograph-seeking fan outside the W Hotel in downtown Washington. The troubled singer returns to court on September 8, 2014.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)