Bobby Brown has been released from a Los Angeles jail just nine hours after he began serving his 55-day sentence for driving under the influence.
The 44-year-old R&B singer checked into jail Wednesday morning, and left at 6:58 pm that same day. According to TMZ, Brown was released due to overcrowding.
Brown was previously expected to spend at least eight days in jail.
“The time expected, all things being equal, is about eight days,” said Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore told the New York Daily News. “But he could get out in a matter of days and go on electronic monitoring. It’s really tough to say exactly.”
L.A. deputy city attorney Diego Edber said last month that jail overcrowding was something that often resulted in people not serving their full sentence.
“It is my personal hope, and the hope of the people, that after being sentenced, people would actually do the amount of time they are sentenced to,” Edber said. “But according to the Los Angeles Sheriff Department policy of early release, because of jail overcrowding we have no control over it.”
Brown’s most recent arrest happened in October 2012, when the New Edition group member was pulled over at Ventura Boulevard and Corbin Avenue in Tarzana, a district in the San Fernando Valley. He was allegedly driving erratically when officers pulled him over and smelled alcohol. Brown was given a field sobriety test, which he failed, and was arrested for suspicion of DUI. He was also charged with driving with a suspended license.
The October arrest was Brown’s second in 2012; he had previously pleaded no contest to a DUI charge in March and was placed on four years probation and ordered to complete an 18-month alcohol education program. Brown pleaded not guilty the following month and was sentenced to jail in February 2013.
Do you think Bobby Brown has learned his lesson? Or will he be heading back to jail?