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Jay Mariotti to stand trial on stalking and assault charges

June 29, 2011 |  1:54 pm

Mariotti_250 Former ESPN personality Jay Mariotti must stand trial on felony stalking and assault charges in connection with allegations by his ex-girlfriend, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday.

Mariotti, a former sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times who appeared frequently on ESPN's "Around the Horn," faces up to five years in state prison if convicted on all counts. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges as well as to two misdemeanor counts of disobeying a court order.

Andrew Blankstein of The Times' L.A. Now blog reports:

Prosecutors contend that Mariotti confronted his ex-girlfriend the same day a court ordered him to stay away from her. In addition, they say he argued with his former girlfriend again outside a Venice restaurant April 15. He allegedly pulled a chunk of her hair out and grabbed her cellphone while shouting at her, prosecutors said.

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Photo: Jay Mariotti. Credit: ESPN

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