CARLISLE, PA., AUG. 15 -- Washington Redskins wide receiver Ricky Sanders received a bit of good news today when a Houston prosecutor said he probably would not ask a grand jury to return an indictment for attempted murder in connection with a May 1 incident in the parking lot of a topless bar.
Instead, Mark Brown, a Harris County assistant district attorney, said he would seek an indictment for failing to give aid to an accident victim.
That's a lesser charge, but still a third-degree felony under Texas law. The charge carries a maximum penalty on conviction of between two and 10 years in prison. However, he would be eligible for parole immediately.
The case will be presented to a grand jury on Monday, and Sanders is scheduled to fly to Houston Aug. 24 for a hearing on the matter.
Sanders is accused of striking parking lot attendant Sam Jamus with his auto after the two argued over the disappearance of a pair of hubcaps. Jamus said he suffered serious injuries and has filed a civil suit against Sanders.
Sanders has been skeptical of the seriousness of the injuries since no police were called to the scene that night. Instead, a criminal complaint was filed 2 1/2 months after the incident occurred.
Jamus's attorneys admit they tried to get a cash settlement from Sanders during those 2 1/2 months.