State Sen. Troy Brown walked briskly into the Ascension Parish Jail at 5:40 p.m. Friday to begin serving a 38-hour jail term for domestic abuse battery.

Brown, wearing a lavender shirt and dress slacks, told reporters he had no comment as he walked by. 

 

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In court in Ascension Parish on Jan. 11, Brown did not dispute allegations that he bit his wife during a struggle over a cell phone at the couple's home in Geismar in July. He pleaded "no contest" to the charge.

Brown was fined $300, given 30 days in jail and ordered to give 64 hours of community service and participate in a domestic violence program. Brown also got three months of probation and was assessed other costs.

However, all but two days of Brown's jail time were suspended, with credit for time served, leaving another day-and-a-half, the 38 hours, to serve.

It’s the second time in four months that Brown has pleaded no contest to a count of battery.

In September, Brown, a two-term Democrat from Assumption Parish, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor simple battery account on allegations he punched his girlfriend in the eye during an argument after the Bayou Classic football game in late 2015.

In that case, Brown was given a six-month suspended sentence and fined $500.

There have been calls for Brown’s resignation from Gov. John Bel Edwards, state Rep. Helena Moreno, D-New Orleans; state Sen. JP Morrell, D-New Orleans; U.S. Sen. John Kennedy and the state GOP.

Earlier this month, state Senate President John A. Alario said he’s been hearing from senators looking to suspend or expel Brown, if the senator doesn’t resign.

Last week, state Sen. Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb, D-Baton Rouge, who has said she feels Brown is repentant and deserves a second chance, said she was preparing legislation to suspend Brown from the upper chamber.

State law requires that, for a senator to be expelled from his office, a resolution would need to be filed in the Senate, then the chamber would convene as a Select Committee on Discipline and Expulsion. Twenty-six senators would have to vote for expulsion.

Brown, who has apologized for abusing his wife, said in a statement on Jan. 13 that he would fight any effort to force him out of the Senate.

“I will utilize all legal options available to me to protect my constituents’ rights to be represented,” Brown said in the statement.

Brown’s wife, Toni Brown, signed an affidavit in November saying she wanted to drop the charge against her husband.

The 23rd Judicial District Attorney Ricky Babin proceeded with prosecution of the case.

In mid-October, Sen. Brown filed for divorce from his wife; a hearing set this month in the divorce case was continued without a date.

On Friday, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Bobby Webre said that Brown will go through the regular booking process at the jail and will be housed with the general population.

Advocate staff writer David Mitchell contributed to this story.

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