New York Jets defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis will serve 45 days in jail, starting June 15, on misdemeanor assault and battery charges. He initially faced a felony malicious wounding charge with up to 20 years in prison before striking a plea agreement last week. Ellis was born in Jamaica, and could have been deported out of the country as a result.
#Jets DT Kenrick Ellis sentenced to 179 days in jail, 89 suspended, during court appearance today, per AP. Reports 6/15 for jail.— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) May 21, 2012
Ellis' charges stem from an incident in 2010 at Hampton University. He claimed he was defending his girlfriend at the time. Ellis could miss the beginning of training camp due to his jail sentence. He will get out of jail around the official start of camp on Aug. 1. The Jets' first public practice will take place Aug. 2.
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