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Kenrick Ellis Trial Scheduled For May 22; Jets' Nose Tackle Could Face Deportation

New York Jets nose tackle Kenrick Ellis is scheduled for trial on May 22, and could face up to 20 years in prison or deportation if he is convicted on a felony charge of malicious wounding.

Ellis is also facing a civil suit stemming from the same 2010 incident. Dennis Eley accuses Ellis of breaking his nose and jaw during a fight that took place in April 2010, and is seeking $3 million in damages.

Ellis is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on Thursday for the criminal case.

People close to Ellis told ESPNNewYork.com that Eley came at Ellis and his girlfriend with a baseball bat, and Ellis only acted in self-defense.

Ellis could face deportation if convicted because of his status as a "permanent resident" of the United States. He moved from Jamaica to the United States at the age of 11.

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