Defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis, a third-round pick of the New York Jets in the 2011 NFL Draft, had been charged with felony assault stemming from an alleged incident last April. His trial has been pushed back to November 28, which isn't all that significant on his own. However, if convicted, Ellis could apparently be deported immediately because he is not a U.S. citizen.
A potential complication is that Ellis is not a U.S. citizen, ESPNNewYork.com has learned. Ellis, a native of Jamaica who moved to Florida at the age of 11, has "permanent resident" status. A permanent resident convicted of an aggravated felony is deportable, according to immigration law.
Because of this, Ellis' lawyers are expected to negotiate a plea arrangement, Cimini reports. The tricky thing is that they cannot agree to a charge of anything worse than aggravated assault, which carries a one-year sentence.
Ellis was originally charged with attacking a man at Hampton last April, but there are also reports that he was acting in self-defense because the man he attacked was attacking his girlfriend.
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