LA deputy: Singer Chris Brown released from jail

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LA deputy: Singer Chris Brown released from jail
FILE In this Monday, March 17, 2014 file photo, R&B singer Chris Brown, left, appears at a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court with his attorney Mark Geragos, for his probation violation after his arrest on March 14, in Los Angeles. The U.S. Marshals Service took Brown into custody from a Los Angeles jail on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, to transport him to Washington, D.C. for his upcoming trial on a misdemeanor assault charge. (AP Photo/Lucy Nicholson, Pool, file)
R&B singer Chris Brown appears in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, March 17, 2014. After a weekend in jail, Chris Brown has been ordered to remain in jail without bail for allegedly violating his probation stemming from his 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna hours before the Grammy Awards. (AP Photo/Lucy Nicholson, Pool)
R&B singer Chris Brown appears in court during a probation-review hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. The judge rejected a prosecutor's request to have Brown sent to jail over the misdemeanor assault case filed last year in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/David McNew, Pool)
FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2014 file photo, R&B singer Chris Brown arrives at a Los Angeles Superior Court for a probation review hearing in Los Angeles. The Grammy-winning R&B singer spent the weekend in a downtown Los Angeles lockup after a judge ordered him to be arrested for violating the rules and regulations of his treatment. Court records did not elaborate on the reason for Brown?s dismissal from the facility in Malibu that was treating him for anger management, substance abuse and issues related to bi-polar disorder. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
R&B singer Chris Brown appears in Los Angeles Superior Court with his attorney Mark Geragos, on Monday, March 17, 2014. Brown will spend another month in jail after a judge said Monday he was told the singer made troubling comments in rehab about being good at using guns and knives. The singer was arrested on Friday, March 14, 2014, after he was dismissed from a Malibu facility where he was receiving treatment for anger management, substance abuse and issues related to bipolar disorder. (AP Photo/Lucy Nicholson, Pool)
FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 file photo, singer Chris Brown, right, arrives at the District of Columbia Superior Court in Washington, for a status hearing in a case in which he's accused of hitting a man outside a Washington hotel. Lawyers for Brown are due back in a Washington court Thursday Feb. 20, 2014 to determine a date for his trial on a misdemeanor assault charge, but the singer won't be in town. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
Singer Chris Brown, leaves the District of Columbia Superior Court in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Lawyers for Brown say the singer has rejected a plea deal in a case in which he?s accused of hitting a man outside a Washington hotel. Brown appeared Wednesday afternoon in a D.C. court. He and his bodyguard face a misdemeanor assault charge after an incident in October outside the W Hotel. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, file photo, singer Chris Brown arrives at court for a probation review hearing , in Los Angeles. A judge on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, revoked Brown's probation after his recent arrest on suspicion of misdemeanor assault in Washington, D.C., but the ruling will not alter the singer's requirements to complete rehab and community labor for his 2009 attack on Rihanna. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut, File)
Singer Chris Brown arrives at the District of Columbia Superior Court in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, for a status hearing in a case in which he's accused of hitting a man outside a Washington hotel. The R&B singer was arrested in October after a man said the singer hit him outside the W Hotel. Brown and his bodyguard each face a misdemeanor assault charge. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Singer Chris Brown was released early Monday from a Los Angeles County jail, authorities said.

Los Angeles Sheriff's deputy Tony Moore told The Associated Press that Brown was released at 12:01 a.m. Monday, but he didn't have any more details.

Brown had been in custody since mid-March, when he was arrested after being expelled from a court-ordered rehab sentence for violating its rules.

And a judge last month ordered the R&B singer to remain in jail after he admitted he violated his probation by getting into an altercation outside a hotel in Washington, D.C., last year.

In his May 9 decision, Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin sentenced the singer to serve an additional 131 days in jail, but he had been expected to get out much sooner.

Brandlin had sentenced Brown to serve a year in county jail but gave him credit for nearly eight months. The credits include time that the singer has spent in rehab and jail, as well as credits for good behavior while behind bars.

Officials said at the time that Brown's time in jail could be cut down even more drastically once sheriff's officials start tallying his sentence and determine whether he's eligible for early release.

The Grammy-winning singer was on probation after he attacked pop singer Rihanna, his then-girlfriend, hours before the 2009 Grammy Awards. In October, while on probation, Brown was accused of attacking a man outside a hotel in the nation's capital in October. He was charged with misdemeanor assault.

During his May 9 court appearance, Brown admitted he committed a crime in that case and waived his rights to an evidentiary hearing in which prosecutors would have to prove that Brown violated his probation.

Brandlin had said Brown will have to complete the remainder of his 1,000 hours of community labor once he is released from jail. As of early February, Brown had 800 hours of community labor remaining.

The judge said he took into account that Brown was relatively young when he attacked Rihanna, and that he had a previously undiagnosed mental illness before the case began.

Brandlin ordered Brown into rehab in November and the singer was receiving treatment for anger management, substance abuse and issues related to bipolar disorder before he was dismissed in March.

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