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Chris Brown sentencing postponed

August 5, 2009 8:39:46 AM PDT
Singer Chris Brown returned to a downtown Los Angeles court on Wednesday afternoon to learn his sentence in the assault on former girlfriend Rihanna. However, the judge postponed his sentencing until August 27 to seek more input from Virginia authorities about whether the singer could do community labor in that state.Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg met with a prosecutor and defense attorney briefly before Brown's scheduled sentencing. When she emerged, she said Virginia had yet to respond about whether it could accommodate her requirement that Brown serve community labor, rather than community service.

The judge was expected to sentence him to five years probation and six months of community labor, which is likely to be served in Brown's home state of Virginia. Brown will not get any jail time as part of his plea deal reached in June.

Rihanna was not in court for the scheduled sentencing.

The last the public has heard from Brown was the apology released on his Web site to his fans and to Rihanna following his June 22 court appearance. In the video message, he told fans that his behavior was inexcusable.

Affidavits filed in the case allege Brown slammed Rihanna's head against the window of a car they were riding in before repeatedly punching and biting her.

Brown said he has apologized to Rihanna and said he is ashamed of his behavior. Brown claims that he has done a lot of soul searching in the past few months and has talked to his minister and family.

Rihanna has made no formal comment after his public apology.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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