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Vincent Margera Says Bye To Don Vito

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Posted December 21, 2007 - By Frank Meyer

In a bizarre sentencing, a Colorado judge ordered Vincent Margera, the uncle of Viva La Bam star Bam Margera, to give up his lecherous alter ego Don Vito for 10 years as part of his guilty sentence on two counts of sexual assault on a child.

After he was sentenced to 10 years probation Thursday, the 51-year-old reality star was told that he could not attend autograph sessions, write books or appear on television shows during that time. He also has to register as a sex offender as part of the Intensive Supervision Probation program for a minimum of 10 years to life, as well as being ordered to work on his substance-abuse problems, receive a mental-health evaluation, and complete sex-offender and possibly drug and alcohol treatment.

And believe it or not, he got off light!

Margera could have gotten up to six years in prison on each count following the August 2006 incident during a photo and autograph-signing event at the Colorado Mills mall skate park during which he was alleged to have fondled three young girls, ages 12 and 14.

So why did the judge take his TV alter ego away too? Well, because Margera's attorney argued that the reality star took on the persona of the outrageous Don Vito character during the appearance as an excuse for his behavior. So the judge essentially said, “If you’re gonna act like a lecherous jerk when you’re in character, then you are not allowed to be that character any more.”

Man...careful what ya wish for, huh?

MTV.com: Goodbye Don Vito: Vincent Margera Gets Probation But Must Give Up Character For 10 Years

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