Mariotti ‘could face up to seven years behind bars’

TMZ.com and the L.A. TIMES report this afternoon that Jay Mariotti has been charged with seven misdemeanors relating to his August 21 arrested for an alleged domestic disturbance with his girlfriend.

Jay Mariotti

The myriad charges came from the L.A. City Attorney’s office after the L.A. County District Attorney elected to not charge Mariotti with a felony. The L.A. City Attorney can only bring misdemeanor charges, not felonies.

Andrew Blankfein of the LOS ANGELES TIMES writes of the charges:

Charges include two counts of domestic violence with injury, two counts of domestic violence, one count of grand theft, one count of false imprisonment and one count of vandalism. Each of the counts carries a maximum of a year in jail, meaning he could face up to seven years behind bars.

Mariotti is to be arraigned Friday at the downtown criminal courts building.

Blankfein also noted of Mariotti’s alleged altercation:

The argument continued at the couple’s Venice-area apartment, where Mariotti allegedly pushed and shoved the woman. During the altercation, Mariotti grabbed her arm, leaving marks, the sources said.

Police were called to the apartment and found his girlfriend, who has not been identified, with cuts and bruises.

A Los Angeles County law enforcement source told me today that the list of charges brought by the L.A. City Attorney’s office is remarkable considering the L.A. District Attorney elected not to charge Mariotti with a felony.

Despite the D.A. electing to completely pass on the case, Mariotti could still face serious jail time if convicted on all or any of the seven misdemeanor counts.

If Mariotti’s career at ESPN and AOL Fanhouse wasn’t in peril before, it is now.