No jail time for Ray Rice. The Baltimore Ravens running back was accepted into a pretrial intervention program Tuesday that will result in the dismissal of his assault charge if he completes the program. ESPN reports:
The pretrial intervention program is a diversion program that permits certain defendants (particularly first-time ones) to avoid formal prosecution. Rice will have to attend the program for the minimum of one year. If he successfully completes it, the third-degree charge of aggravated assault stemming from the incident on Feb. 15 involving Janay Palmer, who is now his wife, will be dismissed. The arrest would stay on his record but without the conviction.
Rice’s attorney, Michael Diamondstein, told ESPN:
We’re very happy with the result. We’re glad that the court and the prosecutor’s office agreed PTI was the appropriate disposition for the case.
As previously reported, Rice was arrested and charged with simple assault-domestic violence on Feb. 15 after a physical altercation with his then-fiancée, Palmer, at the Revel Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Palmer also was charged in the incident. Disturbing video footage of Rice pulling an unconscious Palmer off the elevator was released.
Rice was indicted by a grand jury in late March for allegedly striking Palmer. Neither Rice or Palmer have spoken publicly about the incident.