Amy Winehouse's husband sentenced to prison term

Mon Jul 21, 2008 7:15pm EDT
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - The husband of British soul singer Amy Winehouse was ordered to serve about 4 1/2 more months in prison on Monday after he pleaded guilty to attacking a pub owner in 2006 and then trying to cover it up.

Blake Fielder-Civil, 26, sat with three co-defendants before judge David Radford at Snaresbrook Crown Court in east London as the sentences were read out.

"I read that you, Blake Fielder-Civil, were affected by drink and cocaine and that in that drunken and drugged state took part in this attack out of a mistaken sense of loyalty to your friend Michael Brown," Radford said.

He added that Fielder-Civil, who married Winehouse in Miami in 2007, "behaved in a gratuitous, cowardly and disgraceful way," and sentenced the former video assistant to 27 months in prison, of which he will only have to serve half.

Fielder-Civil's lawyer, Jeremy Dein, explained afterward that the sentence effectively meant his client had another 4 1/2 months to serve, having been behind bars already for about nine months.

Winehouse, 24, was not in court for Monday's proceedings. The Grammy-winning star has referred frequently to Fielder-Civil and the case during recent stage performances.

Brown, 40, who also pleaded guilty to the attack and conspiring to obstruct justice, was sentenced to 33 months in prison, while Anthony Kelly, described in court as the architect of the cover-up attempt, got 20 months.

The fourth defendant, James Kennedy, 20, was handed a suspended sentence.   Continued...

<p>Amy Winehouse (R) leaves the stage with her husband Blake Fielder-Civil during the 2007 Mercury Music Awards at the Grosvenor House hotel in London September 4, 2007. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty</p>