Assault charges against Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, the resident hothead of the Jersey Shore gang, will be dismissed if he can keep his cool and stay out of trouble.
Ortiz-Magro was admitted into a pretrial intervention program that will last 18 months by Superior Court Judge Stephanie M. Wauters in Ocean County, New Jersey, on Monday, July 11. If he’s a model citizen during that time and successfully completes the program, he could avoid possible criminal conviction for an assault that aired during the first season of Jersey Shore.
The Asbury Park Press reports Ortiz-Magro told the judge he would be willing to perform community service.
Ortiz was charged with attacking Stephen Izzo outside a Seaside Heights nightclub on September 4, 2009. The assault aired on an episode called, “One Shot,” in which Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi began kissing the boyfriend of a young woman who was with a group that included Izzo at Karma Nightclub in Seaside Heights.
An argument ensued and Ortiz-Magro ended up knocking Izzo unconscious with one punch; a feat he promptly boasted about.
No matter what transpires with the criminal suit, Ortiz-Magro won’t be totally out of the woods. Izzo still has a civil suit pending against him and MTV related to the assault.