Ronnie Ortiz-Magro has copped a plea deal in his domestic violence case, and it will keep him out of jail… as long as he adheres to a laundry list of rules.
TMZ reports the "Jersey Shore" star pleaded no contest to one count of domestic battery and one count of resisting arrest. As part of the plea deal, he's been placed on 36 months probation and must also do 30 days of community labor in Nevada. (He lives in Las Vegas.) The reality TV star must also donate a lump sum of $20,000 to the Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles, an abused women's shelter.
Ronnie was arrested last fall after allegedly chasing his off-and-on girlfriend, Jen Harley, with a knife during a moment of rage and threatening to kill her. (Shortly after, he denied the claims.) At some point, Ronnie reportedly took their daughter, Ariana, who was 1 at the time, away from Jen and locked himself in a house they'd rented. After refusing to come out, police broke down the door, tased Ronnie and handcuffed him.
Days after the incident, paparazzi photographed Jen with visible bruises on her body.
Prosecutors initially charged him with seven misdemeanors.
While he avoided felony charges and jail time, he has a long way to go until he's square in the eyes of the law.
TMZ reports that in addition to the probation, community service and $20,000 donation, Ronnie must complete a 52-week domestic violence program at a court-approved agency in Nevada. He must also only have "peaceful contact" with Jen and obey the three-year protective order issued in the case.
The drama followed the duo into the new year. On Jan. 11, the reality TV star alleged that Jen assaulted him with an eyeliner tube. He told police he was napping when Jen showed up and accused him of cheating after she found the eyeliner. Jen had left by the time police arrived. A few days later, Ronnie got a restraining order against her.
Why she was at Ronnie's house in the first place isn't known, as the two weren't dating at the time.
Sources told TMZ that she showed up at Ron's house unannounced and uninvited.
Less than a month after the alleged eyeliner attack, cops recommended that Jen be charged.