Justin Bieber's legal load just got a bit lighter: A judge reportedly took him off formal probation Monday in connection with the misdemeanor vandalism case better known as "That time the Biebs egged his neighbor's house."
An L.A. Superior Court judge "showed real satisfaction" with the 21-year-old's follow-through on a July 2014 sentence, TMZ reported Monday. Bieber's attorney Shawn Holley appeared on his behalf, the website said.
In July 2014, Bieber was sentenced to two years' probation, 12 hours of anger-management classes and 40 hours of community service after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge that could have been classified as a felony because of the dollar amount — $20,000 — of the damage done in January 2014 to his Calabasas neighbor's home.
A program manager at Volunteers of America raved about Bieber's attitude and effort while he helped out at a center focused on gang reduction and helping homeless youths.
"I truly believe he has learned his lesson and will be a productive member of society and a great human being," Donny Gomez said in a letter to the court that was obtained by TMZ. Bieber's duties included maintenance and janitorial work, and he helped with the center's food-bank efforts, the letter said.
In August, the performer was given additional time to complete his community service, which was supposed to be done last January but was delayed because of a soccer-related ankle injury. The way he chose to fulfill the manual-labor requirement echoed the "Baby" singer's life experience before he was discovered on YouTube. His mom, Pattie Mallette, was homeless when she was a pregnant with the future superstar and has said she and Justin were on public assistance for a while when she was a struggling single teen mom.
In contrast, Bieber the adult was able to pay nearly $90,000 in restitution, fines and fees related to the egging incident. Not a problem when you're worth an estimated $80 million and the best-paid entertainer under age 30.
The end of "formal" probation simply means that, barring more bad behavior during his don't-mess-up period, Bieber won't have to answer to a probation officer between now and the end of his sentence.