Chris Brown leaves the District of Columbia Superior Court on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo) Chris Brown leaves the District of Columbia Superior Court on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo)

A judge Monday morning found singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard, Chris Hollosy, guilty of a misdemeanor assault charge, paving the way for Brown’s case on the same charge to begin, our colleague Keith Alexander is reporting.

The men were charged after a fight outside the W hotel last year during Howard University’s homecoming. A 20 year-old Beltsville man said Brown and his bodyguard punched him after he tried to pose for a picture with Brown. Brown denies hitting him and Hollosy said he was protecting his boss.

Hollosy’s sentencing will be June 25. The charge carries a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

If Brown is convicted, he also faces up to four more years in jail in California as a result of violating the terms of his probation for a 2009 conviction for assaulting his then-girlfriend, Rihanna.