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Bobby Brown Convicted in DWI Case

January 30, 1998

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) _ Ordered to jail for drunken driving, Bobby Brown was reduced to tears in a Florida courtroom. His wife, Whitney Houston, was crying as well.

The musician was on trial after crashing his black Porsche into hedges and a street sign in Hollywood, south of Fort Lauderdale, in 1996.

When the guilty verdict was read Thursday, Brown buried his face in his hands and sobbed. Houston sat behind him and also cried. Brown, 30, was ordered to spend five days in jail and undergo drug and alcohol treatment.

Prosecutors said Brown’s blood-alcohol level after the crash was above 0.2 percent _ more than twice the state’s legal limit _ and blood tests showed the presence of drugs. Brown broke four ribs and a foot in the wreck.

Defense attorney Robert Buonauro attacked the handling of blood evidence and questioned police motives in waiting four months to charge Brown.

Buonauro, who said he will appeal, paid a $15,000 bond to keep Brown out of jail.

Brown, who lives in Mendham, N.J., is best known for his 1988 album ``Don’t Be Cruel″ and the hit single ``My Prerogative.″

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