Ravens RB Ray Rice indicted on aggravated assault charge by Atlantic County (N.J.) prosecutors

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - The Atlantic County (N.J.) prosecutor’s office confirmed that Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on charges he allegedly assaulted his fiancée while in an Atlantic City casino in February.

Rice was indicted on third-degree aggravated assault in connection with the Feb. 15 incident in which Atlantic City police said rendered Janay Palmer unconscious while at the Revel Casino and Hotel. Palmer also was charged with simple assault, but that complaint was administratively dismissed, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Rice made national headlines when a video posted online by TMZ showed Rice, 27, carrying Palmer – who was not moving – out of an elevator and laying her on the floor.

The prosecutor’s office said if convicted, Rice could face between 3 and 5 years in jail.

Rice is one of three Ravens to have been arrested during this off season as wide receiver Deonte Thompson was arrested for marijuana possession on Feb. 21 and offensive lineman Jah Reid was charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery on March 9.

“This is part of the due process for Ray," the Ravens said in a statement. "We know there is more to Ray Rice than this one incident.”

 

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