A grand jury in Atlantic County, N.J., has indicted Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice on a charge of aggravated assault, the prosecutor’s office announced Thursday.
Rice had faced only a charge of simple assault for allegedly hitting his fiancee, Janay Palmer, at the Revel Casino on Feb. 15. But prosecutors turned the case over to a grand jury, which elevated the charge to aggravated assault. Rice could face a sentence of three to five years in prison if convicted.
A simple assault charge against Palmer was also dropped.
The Ravens issued a statement: “This is part of the due process for Ray. We know there is more to Ray Rice than this one incident.” Team officials have consistently said they will not make a decision on Rice’s status with the team until they know more about what happened.
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