'5 Browns' Father Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing Daughters
PROVO, Utah —
The father of the world-renowned piano group the 5 Browns pleaded guilty in court Thursday to sexually abusing his own daughters.
According to court records, Utah County prosecutors charged Keith Brown Feb. 10 with one first-degree felony count of sodomy on a child and two second-degree felony counts of sexual abuse of a child.
A sentencing date has been set for March 31. A mandatory 10 years to life sentence has already been negotiated for the first degree felony of sodomy on a child as well as one to 15 years for the other two second degree felony counts of sexual abuse of a child. The sentences are expected to be served concurrently.
Fox 13's Shauna Khorrami reported on Live at Eleven Thursday that Brown is expected to be taken into custody.
"Today was the next step in a very long process that Keith has been going through to accept responsibility for reprehensible conduct and pleading guilty today was the next step in accepting that responsibility and attempting to move forward," said Brown's Attorney Stephen Shapiro. "He knows he's going to face a significant prison term. That's already been negotiated and that's part of the process he's going through. We're going through that process that began with him coming forward and talking about this incident first with the ecclesiastical leaders and then with his family."
Shapiro also told Fox 13 News Brown told him that he is deeply remorseful and he does want to accept responsibility and minimize any more trauma caused to his family.
Fox 13 also talked to prosecutors and he has been in contact with the victims, Brown's daughters. He has followed their wishes in moving forward with the plea deal. They said they wanted their father to accept responsibility and to be punished for what he did.
Brown is accused of abusing his daughters in the 1990s when the women were teens. The charges came to light after Monday night's car crash in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Keith Brown and his wife Lisa were seriously injured when their car went off the road and into the creek.
A spokesperson for the 5 Browns confirms the charges against Keith Brown involve his own daughters. Fox 13 generally does not name victims in sexual abuse cases, but the daughters released the information.
Desirae is now 32, Deondra 30 and Melody is 26.
The 5 Browns also posted a YouTube video today on their Facebook fan page thanking their fans for their support.
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