Former Around the Horn contributor Jay Mariotti managed to avoid jail for the second time Tuesday when he pleaded no contest to stalking and assault charges.

The Los Angeles Times has the details on the plea deal for the Venice resident:

“Under the plea before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Dabney, all five counts — including three felonies — faced by Mariotti will be reduced to misdemeanors, officials said.

At a preliminary hearing in July, Mariotti was held to answer on charges that included felony stalking, corporal injury on a spouse or domestic partner, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, and two misdemeanor counts of disobeying a court order.

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