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Court allows Kenrick Ellis to split jail sentence; DL won't miss training camp

New York Jets' Kenrick Ellis works out during

New York Jets' Kenrick Ellis works out during the team's organized team activities. (May 24, 2012) Credit: AP

Turns out Kenrick Ellis won’t miss training camp at all.

A Hampton (Va.) court agreed to a joint motion Friday that will allow the Jets defensive lineman to split his 45-day jail sentence and be with his team when they report to Cortland on July 26.

Ellis, who will report to a Virginia jail at 6 p.m. Friday, will be released on July 9. According to his lawyer, the Jets' nose tackle will report back to jail on March 1, 2013 to finish up his sentence.

The court also approved a work-release order, according to a court clerk, but the court’s recommendation has to first be reviewed and agreed upon by the Sherriff.

The lineman originally was charged with a felony malicious wounding charge and faced up to 20 years in prison if convicted. But in May, he pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of assault and battery and his 90-day sentence was reduced to 45, per Virginia law.

Ellis’ attorney, Timothy Clancy, said he expected the court to approve Friday’s motion -- which was filed by both him and the Commonwealth of Virginia's office. Clancy also said it's “not atypical” for individuals to “fashion their jail sentences” in order to maintain their careers.

“It’s not that he’s an athlete,” the lawyer said.

Ellis’ attorney, who confirmed a work-release condition is entirely up to the jail, is hoping his client eventually can move past this situation.

Said Clancy: “He’s going to be anxious to get this behind him.”

When asked Thursday about Ellis’ looming jail sentence, Jets head coach Rex Ryan said he was confident his defensive lineman would be able to cope, both physically and mentally.

“He’s a strong man,” Ryan said of Ellis. “I know one thing, he’s looking forward to this season. He put so much into the offseason. 

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