is finally having his day in court
-and it isn't good.
Nearly a month after Brown was booked
on suspicion of making criminal threats after a violent and, judging by recently released evidence, bloody altercation
, the 19-year-old R&B star has been formally charged with two felonies, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury and making criminal threats.
If convicted on both charges, Brown's sentence could range from probation to a maximum of four years and eight months in state prison.
The district attorney's office, which so far has held off on formally naming Rihanna in the case, identified Brown's victim as "Robyn F." The pop star's real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty.
Brown is expected to appear in Los Angeles Superior Court this afternoon to be arraigned on the charges and enter a plea.
While media has been gathering at the courthouse all morning in anticipation of Brown's appearance, a source tells E! News that sheriff's deputies have arranged for escorts when the singer does finally show, which won't occur until after 3:30 p.m.
On Feb. 8, Brown was booked on suspicion of making criminal threats and has remained free on $50,000 bail-free enough to resume recording, Jet Ski
around Miami and controversially reconcile
While the Los Angeles Police Department only handed over-for a second and final time-the case to the L.A. District Attorney's Office yesterday, sources told E! News this week that Brown's A-list attorney Mark Geragos has been working tirelessly behind the scenes this week to try and plea down
the litany of felony charges it looked like the R&B star would be facing.
Police originally attempted to turn over the case last month, but prosecutors requested more evidence to build as close to a slam-dunk case as they could.
In the meantime, the court has issued a search warrant to the Los Angeles Police Department for Brown's cell phone records. The department is seeking the records as part of their investigation into the criminal threats to check his "call history, text messages, voicemail and any outgoing calls" for information. (View the warrant)
According to an affidavit filed by Det. De Shon Andrews, the incident between the singers was sparked when Rihanna "picked up Brown's phone and observed a 3-page text message from a women who Brown had a previous sexual relationship" with.
Per Andrews, Brown then attempted to force Rihanna out of the car, which he was unable to do due to the fact that she was still wearing her seatbelt. Instead, he shoved her face into the passenger side car window, thus causing one-inch raised circular contusions.
According to the affidavit, Brown also allegedly punched Rihanna in her left eye and continued punching her while steering the car, ultimately biting her left ear and fingers and putting her in a headlock, "causing her to be unable to breathe and she began to lose consciousness. She began attempting to gauge his eyes in an attempt to free herself."
"The assault caused Robyn F.'s mouth to fill with blood and blood to spatter all over her clothing and the interior of the vehicle," Andrews said.
Per the detective, Rihanna attempted to phone her assistant but was unable to get through so instead pretended to talk to her for Brown's benefit, saying, "I'm on my way home. Make sure the cops are there when I get there."
It was at that point Brown allegedly replied, "You just did the stupidest thing ever. Now I'm really going to kill you."