‘Charlie Brown’ actor gets prison for plotting to kill sheriff
SAN DIEGO — A man who was the voice of Charlie Brown in several “Peanuts” specials was sentenced today to four years and eight months in prison for threatening his former mobile home park manager and trying to threaten Sheriff Bill Gore from jail.
Peter Robbins, 59, pleaded guilty last month to making a criminal threat and attempting to make a threat. He unsuccessfully tried to withdraw his guilty plea today in a hearing before Retired Los Angeles County Judge William Chidsey Jr.
“We’re satisfied that it’s all over,” said Patrick Brophy, the property manager of the Oceanside mobile home park where Robbins once lived.
Brophy’s wife, Renee, told the judge that Robbins threatened her husband’s life — sending him graphic drawings and letters detailing what he might do to the couple — and also harassed other residents in the mobile home park.
Renee Brophy said Robbins’ actions caused a “horrible nightmare” in their lives.
“Peter Robbins created more than just a little chaos,” she said.
She told the defendant, “I know you are a broken person, (but) you had no right to do that to me and my family. I just want you locked up for a very long time. We’ll never forget what you’ve done.”
Deputy District Attorney Brenda Daly said Robbins received a “fair and just sentence.”
“I think that the Brophys were very eloquent in the way that they spoke,” Daly said. “They spoke about everything that he has done, the threats and the drawings, and sort of the continuation of threats and terror that he reigned upon that community and those people of that residential area, a lot of them being elderly people, so they were very frightened.”
Last month, Robbins told a judge that he has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
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, writing letters from jail in which he offered to pay $50,000 to have Gore killed, and threatening Brophy.
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.”