Mental evaluation ordered for ‘Charlie Brown’ actor
SAN DIEGO — A man who was the voice of Charlie Brown in several “Peanuts” specials was scheduled to be sentenced Friday for multiple probation violations, but a judge instead granted a defense request that he be evaluated for mental competency.
Peter Robbins, 58, pleaded guilty two years ago to threatening his girlfriend and stalking a doctor who performed breast-enhancement surgery on her.
At the time, Robbins was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to enter a live-in drug treatment program and other conditions.
Robbins was re-arrested recently for probation violations, including cutting off his GPS bracelet, drinking alcohol and failing to complete domestic violence classes, said Deputy District Attorney Brenda Daly.
Upon hearing Friday that his attorney had requested a mental competency evaluation, Robbins told Judge Robert O’Neill that he wanted to fire Deputy Public Defender Tom Carnessale and objected vigorously to having to spend more time in custody pending an Aug. 4 hearing.
Robbins yelled obscenities at the prosecutor and the judge before telling O’Neill, “I hope you drop dead of a heart attack.”
The defendant faces three years and eight months in state prison when he is sentenced on the probation violations, Daly said outside court.
She told reporters that Robbins is a threat to the community.
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.”