New York Jets Defensive Captain Shaun Ellis has been charged with marijuana possession, driving without insurance and speeding in Hanover Township, New Jersey. On November 30th, Ellis was driving on Route 287 South at approximately 8:30 AM when he allegedly approached a police cruiser at high speed, passed the vehicle, and was pulled over for speeding. When Hanover Township troopers searched the vehicle, they found an unspecified amount of marijuana, and determined that Mr. Ellis did not have proof of insurance for his vehicle.
Mr. Ellis has issued an apology to Jets fans and the organization through a Jets spokesman, stating that he has “to be responsible for my actions.” Ellis is a 9 year veteran and played in the 2003 Pro Bowl. The Jets have not stated whether they intend to take any disciplinary action against Ellis, noting that the matter will be handled by the NFL, who could suspend Ellis.
Had Ellis been arrested on a New York marijuana possession charge, under article 221 of the New York Penal law, if he were found guilty, the range of penalties is from up to three months in jail for possession of 25 grams (a class B misdemeanor) to a maximum of a 15 year jail sentence if the amount of marijuana was 10 pounds or more (C felony pursuant to Penal Law Section 221.30).
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