Ravens’ Ray Rice might avoid jail time despite assault charge


(Associated Press)

Ray Rice might be able to avoid jail time after he was arrested in February following an altercation with his wife at an Atlantic City casino/hotel.

From the Associated Press:

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been offered a plea bargain that would spare him jail time if he participates in anger management counseling.

But it might not even get that far for Rice, who is charged with aggravated assault stemming from a February incident with his then-girlfriend in an Atlantic City casino elevator.

Rice applied for New Jersey’s pretrial intervention program, which allows first-time offenders to have charges against them dismissed after participating in the program and meeting certain conditions.

The county prosecutor will decide whether Rice is allowed to enter the program.

Rice pleaded not guilty Thursday. He arrived at court holding hands with the woman, who is now his wife.

Rice and Janay Palmer initially were both charged with domestic violence-simple assault, and Rice was later indicted by a a grand jury on one count of third-degree aggravated assault. “After reviewing surveillance footage it appeared both parties were involved in a physical altercation,” a police statement said at the time of his arrest. “The complaint summons indicates that both [Rice] and Palmer struck each other with their hands. The responding officer signed a simple assault complaint against both Rice and Palmer.” The charge against Palmer was later dropped.

Under the NFL’s personal-conduct policy, Commissioner Roger Goodell has the power to discipline players — whether they’ve been convicted or not — and the league is looking into the incident.

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