WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A grand jury has indicted Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice on one count of aggravated assault — a third-degree felony which carries a penalty of 3 to 5 years in prison — according to CBS Baltimore’s Meghan McCorkell.
Rice and his fiancé, Janay Palmer, were both arrested and charged with simple assault-domestic violence on Feb. 15, after an argument at Revel Casino in Atlantic City. The charges were later dropped.
The Ravens have released a statement:
“This is part of the due process for Ray. We know there is more to Ray Rice than this one incident.”
A video of Rice allegedly dragging Palmer out of the casino elevator surfaced shortly after the initial charges were filed, causing many to speculate about his perceived guilt in the disturbance.
However, the Ravens organization has stood by Rice since news of the incident first came to light.
“He’ll be back with the team. He’ll definitely be back,” Owner Steve Bisciotti said. “I know how terribly disappointing it is to Ray and his fiancée, how embarrassing it is for them. I have to have compassion towards him.”
Rice’s attorney issued the following statement, via ESPN’s Adam Caplan:
“I have been advised by the prosecutors office that an indictment has been returned. The state has decided not to prosecute (Rice’s fiancée) Ms. (Janay) Palmer. While we certainly aren’t looking to pass the buck, it was Ms. Palmer who started the altercation, and the state chose to prosecute Mr. Rice only. And again, we deny that he committed an aggravated assault. We don’t think the law would support that (he did). And we just ask the public to reserve judgement until all of the facts are out.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is withholding further action until all the facts are available.