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Charlie Brown voice-over actor sentenced to four years

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man who was the voice of Charlie Brown in several "Peanuts" specials pleaded guilty Tuesday to threatening the manager of a mobile home park and trying to hire someone to kill Sheriff William Gore.
   
Peter Robbins, 59, is expected to be sentenced to four years and eight months in state prison on Dec. 7.
   
Before pleading guilty to making a criminal threat and attempting to make a threat, Robbins told Retired Judge William Chidsey Jr. that he has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and putting him behind bars would do no good.

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"I'm mentally ill," Robbins told the judge. "I've committed no crime."
   
Robbins could have faced up to nine years in prison had he been convicted at trial. Charges that he threatened a judge and committed vandalism in jail were dismissed.
   
"I think he's someone who has gotten worse and worse as time has gone on," Deputy District Attorney Brenda Daly said outside court. 
   
"His behavior has become more violent. I think in the past he felt entitled and emboldened to do these acts and then it takes it one step further and becomes more violent, just keeps pushing the envelope," she said. "I think he intended and wanted a lot of these criminal acts to take place because he's a very angry individual."
   
The defendant pleaded guilty in 2013 to threatening his girlfriend and stalking a doctor who performed breast-enhancement surgery on her. He was 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.
   
In September, Robbins was charged with making criminal threats against Judge Robert F. O'Neill and Gore and the manager of the mobile home park.
   
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."

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