Bobby Brown Serves Just 9 Hours of 55 Day Jail Sentence for Third DUI

Bobby Brown visits the SiriusXM Studio on May 29, 2012 in New York City. Credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty

Guess that's their prerogative. After being sentenced to 55 days in prison late last month for a DUI charge, Bobby Brown spent a total of nine hours behind bars in the L.A. County Jail on Wednesday, March 20, TMZ reports.

The R&B singer, 44, checked in just before 10 a.m., and was released at 6:58 p.m., according to the site. Although the star, who has two earlier DUI arrests on his record, was initially set to serve nine days, chronic overcrowding necessitated his extra-early release.

Brown was also sentenced to four years probation, and was ordered to serve an 18-month alcohol program on the charges, all stemming from his October 2012 arrest for driving under the influence and with a suspended license.  He was arrested in spring 2012 on similar charges -- and was convicted in 1996 for DUI.

The former New Edition crooner and ex-husband to the late Whitney Houston wed love Alicia Etherede in Hawaii last June.