Jaylon Kerley

Jaylon Kerley (Booking photo)

Comerica Park Pizza Spitter Avoids Prison, Gets Probation

November 15, 2018 - 3:05 pm

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - A now-former food service worker at Comeria Park who was caught on video spitting on a pizza has been sentenced to 18 months of probation.

Jaylon Kerley, 21, also was ordered Thursday to take an anger management class and to not work around food while he serves his probation. He earlier pleaded guilty to one felony count and one misdemeanor count of food law violations.

Kerley didn't comment during Thursday's hearing. His lawyer, Carla Marable, says Kerley understood what he did was wrong and is "very remorseful."

According to sentencing guidelines, Kerley could have served up to four years in prison.

As seen on cell phone video -- posted on social media and handed over to police -- Kerley was preparing a pizza for a customer when he spit on the dough, then covered it with sauce. Officials determined it was recorded Sept. 21 during the Tigers game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park.

After the video, since removed from Instagram went viral, Kerley was fired.

"The allegation in this case is disturbing on so many levels. Yesterday I literally refused to order food," Prosecutor Kym Worthy said, in a statement, following the young man's arrest. "We all want to make sure all food that we order is clean, safe, germ-free, and unadulterated with any substance that should not be there.”

Tests later showed he is free of communicable diseases, including HIV any type of Hepatitis.

It's still unclear why he did it. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.