According to Rich Cimini, ESPNNewYork.com has learned that Kenrick Ellis is not a U.S. citizen, further complicating his legal proceedings. He has had "permanent resident" status since he moved to Florida from Jamaica at 11 years old. This information has not yet verified by another source.
If this is true, then it would mean that he could be deported in the event of a conviction. Based on the advice of immigration lawyers he's contacted, Cimini predicts that Ellis will attempt to further delay his court date into the offseason and then attempt to plea a charge that carries a less than one-year sentence, allowing him to remain in the U.S. and play the following season. It is apparently key that he avoid being charged with aggravated assault, a felony conviction that would result in his deportation.
Keep in mind, Cimini may be taking the pessimistic point of view here. The Jets front office was confident they had made the right move in drafting Ellis, and we are merely speculating on a case the facts of which are unknown to us. It's very possible that Ellis will be cleared of any and all charges.