Good Grief, Charlie Brown

SAN DIEGO: Actor Peter Robbins, who once lent his voice to the beloved cartoon character Charlie Brown, pled guilty to threatening a mobile home park manager and a Southern California sheriff on Tuesday, prosecutors said.

Three of the charges brought against the 59-year-old were dismissed after he pled guilty to threatening the manager and San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore, San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Brenda Daly said. “His behavior has become more violent,” Daly added.

Robbins was arrested in February on probation violations for cutting off his GPS monitor and drinking. In September, he was charged with threatening the mobile park manager and making other threats including one against a judge, a jailhouse solicitation to kill Gore and vandalising his cell.

Robbins has previously been arrested in 2013 for harassing and threatening former girlfriend and her plastic surgeon. According to court records, he pled guilty and was sentenced to eight months in residential drug treatment and five years’ probation.

On Tuesday, Robbins told a judge that his behaviour was caused by paranoid schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, Daly said. Prosecutors agreed to seek a sentence of four years and eight months when Robbins is sentenced in December.

Robbins was nine years old when he became the voice of the world-weary yet optimistic title character of A Charlie Brown Christmas in 1965, the first of many animated TV specials based on the popular Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz.

He voiced Charlie Brown in It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, A Boy Named Charlie Brown, and other Peanuts animated specials that were aired in the 1960s.