Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice asked to enter a program that would avoid prosecution and possible jail time stemming from the incident at the Revel casino back in February. According to the Atlantic City Press on May 20, Rice has been accepted into a pretrial intervention program by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.
New Jersey Superior Court Judge Michael Donio signed off on the pretrial intervention program in court. When Ray Rice completes the program, the charges will be dismissed. His record will show the arrest, but no record of conviction.
“This decision was arrived at after careful consideration of the information contained in Mr. Rice’s application in light of all of the facts gathered during the investigation," acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said. "After considering all relevant information in light of applicable law, it was determined that this was the appropriate disposition.”
Pretrial intervention programs are set up for individual defendants. Most likely, the program would include anger management and could last from six months to four years.
Rice’s attorney, Michael Diamondstein, said that Ray and Janay Rice are in counseling. He called the incident “a momentary lapse of reason.” He also emphasized that Rice loves his wife, the former Janay Palmer. “For a number of different reasons, he acted out of his character.” This was the first time Rice has ever been in trouble.
Rice was supported by his wife during the whole legal process. He told the media, “I’m a happy father and a happy husband.”
The incident that spurred the court appearances took place on Feb. 15 at the Revel Casino. Video evidence showed an altercation between Rice and Janay Palmer, now Janay Rice. Another video showed Rice dragging an unconscious Palmer out of the elevator.
Ray Rice was indicted on March 27. The charge was aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury in the third degree. Charges initially filed against Palmer were dropped. The couple was married on March 28 as originally planned.
In light of Rice’s acceptance into the pretrial intervention program, a court date set for May 29 is now postponed.