Chris Brown Belongs in Jail, D.A. Says; Judge Lets Him Stay in Rehab Instead

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Chris Brown sidestepped a new effort to put him in jail yesterday when a judge rejected prosecutors' efforts to put him behind bars for a probation violation.

Judge James Brandlin said Brown appeared to be making progress in his anger management program and should remain there for the foreseeable future.

Chris Brown checked into rehab after he was arrested October 27 in Washington D.C. for allegedly punching a man in a dispute over a fan photo.

He got kicked out after throwing a rock at his mom's car, but was ordered by the court to finish a 90-day program while the assault case is pending.

Prosecutors said Monday that additional witness statements obtained last month offer "sufficient evidence" to move forward with a full-blown mini-trial.

That hearing, decided by a judge instead of a jury, could result in revocation of the singer's felony probation sentence for his 2009 beating of Rihanna.

The R&B star, flanked by girlfriend Karrueche Tran as he entered court Monday, has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor assault charge in Washington.

"He continues to pose an increasingly violent danger to society," Deputy District Attorney Mary Murray wrote in her motion filed Monday afternoon.

"Defendant Brown's violent behavior continues to increase in severity and frequency."

She cited the "violent outbursts" that preceded Chris' agreement to serve 1,000 new hours of community labor, which he may or may not have done.

Murray also attached witness statements to her filing on Brown's D.C. arrest.

One unidentified witness reportedly told police he saw the troubled singer's "arm come back, fist made" and then the fist thrust at the alleged victim.

Another witness recalled seeing Brown punch the alleged victim in the face, the filing stated, while yet another account said he had blood on his clothes.

Brown also had an abrasion on his left hand, cops said. The singer told police he had just picked the skin off his hand and did not believe the stain was blood.

Authorities identified Parker Adams as the alleged victim in the skirmish. He said he tried to photo bomb Brown, who was taking a picture with a female friend.

"I ain't down with that gay s---," Brown allegedly snapped, according to Adams.

Brown faces up to 180 days in jail if convicted. In D.C. last month, Brown rejected a plea deal that did not lower the initial charge of simple assault.

"It was rejected because he's not guilty," Brown's lawyer Mark Geragos said.

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Tappahannock, Virginia
Full Name
Christopher Maurice Brown