- Last Updated: 6:40 AM, June 17, 2012
- Posted: 2:17 AM, June 16, 2012
Jets defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis will not miss any of training camp after the Hampton Circuit Court approved an order allowing him to split his jail sentence.
Ellis reported to Hampton City Jail last night in Virginia to begin serving a sentence expected to be 45 days for misdemeanor assault and battery. According to his attorney, Tim Clancy, Ellis will be released on July 9. He will return to jail March 1 to serve the remainder of the sentence.
Jets players are scheduled to report to training camp in Cortland on July 26.
The court also gave Ellis permission to participate in a work release program, pending approval by the sheriff. If given permission, Ellis will work with the football coaches at Hampton University, where he attended, during the days of his sentence. Clancy said because football is his job, he is allowed to work out as a work release just like a convenience store clerk would be permitted to work at a convenience store if they were in work release.
Ellis entered an Alford plea last month for assault and battery after facing a felony charge of malicious wounding that could have resulted in deportation because he is not a U.S. citizen.
The charges stemmed from a 2010 incident at Hampton while Ellis was a student there.
He was sentenced to 179 days in jail, with 89 suspended. Per Virginia law, if he has good behavior, the 90 days will be cut in half.
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