Jersey Shore’s Ronnie Facing Jail Time

Published by Michael Arceneaux on Monday, December 20, 2010 at 12:00 am.

Another day, another reality television star behind bars. Yes, you’re shocked. I’m shocked. Don’t fret, though: The sky is still blue.

This time, it’s one of the Jersey Shore kids getting the metal cuffs.

Via the Hollywood Reporter:

Jersey Shore cast member Ronald “Ronnie” Ortiz-Magro has been indicted on one count of assault for knocking a man out during the show’s first season of filming. The New Jersey grand jury indictment alleges that Ortiz “did purposely or knowingly cause significant bodily injury to Stephen Izzo by striking him in the face with a closed fist, causing him to lose consciousness.”

The punch was not broadcast on Jersey Shore but the events leading up to it, and the aftermath — Izzo lying facedown on the ground — were.

Izzo’s attorney Eugene Laverne told the Asbury Park Press, “It’s about time. It’s perplexing to me as to why it would have taken 16 months to indict this guy when the crime was committed on film and at this point has been viewed by millions of witnesses.”

The third-degree assault charge is punishable by up to five years in state prison, notes APP. Ortiz-Magro has previously been arrested for outstanding warrants and disorderly conduct.


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