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Jim Brown Sentenced to Probation

October 5, 1999

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ NFL great Jim Brown was sentenced today to probation and counseling and ordered to perform community service and pay $1,700 to domestic violence groups.

The lawyer for the 63-year-old Hall of Famer said his client would not accept any domestic violence counseling and intends to appeal. Brown was not at Hollywood Municipal Court for sentencing.

Judge Dale Fischer said even if Brown appeals he must still come to court Oct. 20 to show he has enrolled in the counseling and community service programs.

Brown was convicted last month of vandalizing his wife’s car. But he was acquitted of a misdemeanor charge of making a terrorist threat against his 25-year-old wife during a June 15 dispute at their home that led her to call police.

Fischer gave Brown 36 months of probation, ordered him to complete a counseling program for batterers and to spend 40 days working with the Hollywood Beautification Team or 400 hours of community service with a choice of court-approved organizations.

Brown also must pay $1,500 to a battered women’s shelter, $200 to a domestic violence fund and $100 in restitution.

Fischer suspended Brown’s driver’s license for one year but said Brown could drop one day off that term for each extra hour of community service.

The defense maintained that domestic violence-related punishment should not be part of Brown’s sentence because he was not convicted of domestic violence.

The former Cleveland Browns running back was prosecuted on the terrorist threat charge even though his wife recanted statements to police in which she said he threatened to snap her neck.

Mrs. Brown had gone to a neighbor’s house, called 911 and reported that her husband threatened her life and that there was a gun in the house.

She later said she had made the call and lied to get attention because she believed her husband was having an affair. Brown never denied that he smashed her car’s windows with a shovel.

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