A man who was the voice of Charlie Brown in several “Peanuts” specials is mentally competent to be sentenced for multiple probation violations, a San Diego judge ruled Wednesday.
Peter Robbins, 58, pleaded guilty two years ago to threatening his girlfriend and stalking a doctor who performed breast-enhancement surgery on her. He was then sentenced to five years probation and ordered to enter a live- in drug treatment program and meet other conditions.
Robbins was re-arrested this year for probation violations, including cutting off his GPS bracelet, drinking alcohol and failing to complete domestic violence classes, said Deputy District Attorney Brenda Daly.
Robbins was scheduled to be sentenced on the violations in June, but his attorney, Tom Carnessale, requested the mental competency evaluation.
Today, Judge Steven Stone accepted a psychiatrist’s opinion that Robbins is competent to face sentencing and reinstated criminal proceedings. A hearing was scheduled Friday so a new sentencing date can be set.
Before today’s hearing, Stone — citing security concerns — denied a request by local television stations to have cameras in the courtroom.
Robbins has been known to act out when cameras are present.
“I think the cameras are something he performs in front of,” Daly said outside court. “I think it’s a planned performance.”
Robbins faces three years and eight months in state prison when he is eventually sentenced on the probation violations.
Robbins was 9 years old when he began doing vocal performances for such films and television specials as “A Boy Named Charlie Brown,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”
—City News Service
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