A Plea Deal For Chris Brown?

Chris Brown pleaded not guilty to felony charges of assault and making a criminal threat in a Los Angeles court on Monday. His plea, however, could just be a formality because there are rumors that he and his lawyer are seriously negotiating a plea bargain with the prosecutor. If Chris cops a plea, then Rihanna won’t have to testify. She has made it clear she doesn’t want to testify but will if forced, says her attorney. A quick resolution to the case is also in Chris’ best interest, if significant jail time is taken off the table. He will avoid the public airing of his dirty laundry and more negative publicity. He’s facing a maximum of four years and eight months in a federal prison if the case goes to trial, however, he could get as little as probation alone. Then again, if the prosecutor makes a tough offer, Chris might be better off going to trial in hopes of avoiding a lot of prison time, even if it means his reputation and career will be in the toilet when he gets out. [MTV.com]