Ray Rice Indicted On Aggravated Assault Charges After Punching Fiancee
Ravens running back Ray Rice has been indicted in Atlantic County, N.J. on a charge of aggravated assault, prosecutors announced Thursday.
Via Baltimore Sun reports:
Rice had initially faced a charge of simple assault for allegedly striking his fiancee, Janay Palmer, in the Revel Casino on Feb. 15.
Prosecutors took the case to a grand jury, which returned a more serious charge of aggravated assault. The charge carries a potential penalty of three to five years in prison, officials said. In addition to bringing new charges against Rice, prosecutors dismissed a simple assault charge that had been filed against Palmer.
Rice’s attorney, Michael Diamondstein, said Rice and Palmer are “happy, they’re together, they’re in counseling” and said neither of them “wishes to go forward with this prosecution.”
“Ray Rice is not going to put blame on Janay Palmer,” Diamondstein said. “The state chose only to prosecute Ray Rice, and we ask that the public reserve judgment until all the facts come out.”
Palmer’s attorney declined to comment. Diamondstein said that Rice will not be taken into custody as a result of the new charges. Prosecutors said the next court hearing date has not been set.
Earlier this week, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti called Rice’s arrest “embarassing and disappointing” but vowed to stick by the three-time All-Pro running back.
“Ray will be here,” Bisciotti said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun at the owners meetings. “This is a singular moment six years after we drafted him. It’s embarrassing for him and his fiancée. It is especially hard to see somebody that is proud of his reputation have to take this kind of public relations hit.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday that the league was continuing to monitor Rice’s case, indicating no timetable or decision on whether Rice will be punished by the league.
When asked during a news conference in Orlando, Fla., at the NFL league meetings whether the case is being watched by the NFL and whether Rice will be disciplined, Goodell said: “Yes, and I don’t know on the second part. We’ll let the facts dictate that.”
It’s good they are in counseling but it’s still never a good thing to hit your significant other. That goes for both parties not just him. But if his baby mama marries him, she won’t have to testify against him. Did someone say PLEA??