With Plea Deal, Mariotti Avoids Jail Time

Former Chicago Sun-Times columnist pleads no contest to charges of misdemeanor battery

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    Former Chicago Sun-Times columnist Jay Mariotti pleaded no content Thursday to charges of misdemeanor battery.

    Former Chicago Sun-Times columnist Jay Mariotti pleaded no contest Thursday to charges of misdemeanor battery.

    The deal allowed the ESPN personality and Fanhouse.com columnist to avoid jail time in exchange for 36 months probation, community service and attendance at a year-long domestic violence course.

    "Jay is very pleased to have this matter behind him and is anxious to get back to work," said Mariotti's attorney Nick Hanna, according to the Los Angeles Times. "While we are confident he would have prevailed at trial, the process would have been long and expensive. Today's resolution -- a no contest plea to a low-level misdemeanor with all of the other charges dismissed -- ends the matter once and for all."

    The charges stemmed from a domestic violence incident with his girlfriend last month.  He reportedly pushed and shoved her, leaving marks on his arms.