R&B

R&B singer Chris Brown stands during a preliminary hearing at a Criminal Court in Los Angeles June 22, 2009. REUTERS/Lori Shepler/Pool

R&B singer Chris Brown will today be sentenced after he pleaded guilty in June for assaulting his former girlfriend Rihanna.

Brown, 20, who publicly apologized for beating Rihanna is expected to be sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community labor.

A judge has said she wants Brown, who will likely be allowed to serve his probation in his home state of Virginia, to do work that is comparable to graffiti removal or roadside cleanup, the Associated Press reported.

Brown has also been ordered by the judge to stay at least 50 yards away from Rihanna, 21, for the next five years.

In the singer's public apology to Rihanna he described his actions as inexcusable and pledged to do better.

I saw firsthand what uncontrolled rage can do, he tells viewers. I have sought and am continuing to seek help to ensure that what occurred in February can never happen again.

Since the assult, Browns career has taken a beating with many radio stations refusing to play his music and many fans turning against him. The singer is reported to have also lost sponsors.