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R&B singer Chris Brown extradited to Washington for assault trial

FILE: R&B singer Chris Brown, left, at a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court with his attorney Mark Geragos. (Lucy Nicholson/AP)

A shackled Chris Brown, dressed in a Los Angeles County jail jumpsuit, was escorted by U.S. Marshals onto a plane Thursday morning, bound for Washington in preparation for his misdemeanor assault trial.

Washington prosecutors last month sought a court order to have the singer extradited via a so-called “Con-Air” flight to Washington where he is to be held in a jail cell until his April 17 trial.

A marshal spokesman confirmed the singer was in custody and would be confined to a D.C. area jail once he arrived.

Brown, 24, and his bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, 35, each were charged with one count of misdemeanor assault after an October altercation with a fan outside the W Hotel in downtown Washington. Brown’s attorneys have said Brown is innocent and that he and Hollosy were protecting Brown and his property. Brown faces a maximum 180 days and $1,000 fine if convicted by the judge who will be hearing the case.

Last month, a California judge ordered Brown be locked up in a Los Angeles jail after the singer allegedly made comments about using guns while he was in a court-mandated rehabilitation facility.

Brown had been ordered to the inpatient facility as part of his plea deal in connection with his 2009 conviction for assaulting his then-girlfriend, pop star Rihanna. He was scheduled to be in the jail until April 23.

A hearing in Brown’s assault case is scheduled for D.C. Superior Court on Monday, but Brown is not expected to be in attendance.

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Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.

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