A man who voiced the lovable Charlie Brown in a series of 1960s television specials has pleaded guilty to making criminal threats after he attempted to solicit a hitman to kill a San Diego law enforcement officer.
Peter Robbins, 59, is expected to be sentenced to four years and eight months in prison when he appears in court on December 7, a prosecutor in the case told San Diego NBC affiliate NBC7.
On Tuesday, Robbins pleaded guilty to writing letters from his jail cell in which he offered an unidentified acquaintance $50,000 to kill San Diego County Sheriff William Gore. Robbins had been in jail for violating probation he received from a 2013 arrest for allegedly threatening and stalking an ex-girlfriend.
“I want justice to be served, but I’m mentally ill,” Robbins reportedly told the judge during his guilty plea. “To stick me three years into a state prison is not benefitting the justice system. I feel I’m entitled to at least a second chance.”
According to NBC, Robbins was scheduled to be sentenced Friday for violation the terms of his probation stemming from his 2013 arrest. At the hearing, San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Brenda Daly announced Robbins would be charged with four new felony counts, including making criminal threats and vandalism.
Prosecutors added the vandalism charge after accusing Robbins of defacing his jail cell, causing approximately $1,000 in damages.
Robbins began acting at a young age and voiced Charlie Brown in a series of television specials in the 1960s, including the iconic A Charlie Brown Christmas, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Boy Named Charlie Brown.
His last credited role came in a 1972 episode of My Three Sons.