Ray Rice has managed to avoid jail time for his third-degree aggravated assault charge.
Earlier this month, the Baltimore Ravens running back plead not guilty in the case of assaulting his then fiancé, now wife, Janay Palmer. His attorney rejected the plea deal and was opting for approval into a pretrial program.
His attorney’s strategy paid off. According to Press of Atlantic City, Rice has been admitted into a pretrial intervention program, which means he won’t serve any jail time.
The Atlantic City Prosecutors Office approved his acceptance into the year-long program on Monday (May 19) and Judge Michael Doino signed off on it on Tuesday. If Rice completes the program, the felony aggravated assault charge will be dismissed.
“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 Tuesday. “After considering all relevant information in light of applicable law, it was determined that this was the appropriate disposition.”
The specifics of Rice’s program haven’t been made public as each program is tailored to the individual. But it is likely he will have to complete anger management courses.
Rice’s attorney, Michael Diamondstein, previously noted the couple was in counseling and are happy to have moved on with their lives. Diamondstein agrees with the court’s decision.
“We agree with the prosecutors and the court that, as a matter of law, placing Mr. Rice in PTI was the correct decision,” said Diamondstein.
“We were concerned that Mr. Rice would be treated more harshly because of his celebrity status,” Diamondstein continued. “We are thankful that he was not. We are thankful that he was given the same treatment as anyone else in a similar situation.”
The May 29 court date regarding Rice’s case has been cancelled. If he completes the program, he won’t have to return to court.
Looks like swiftly marrying Palmer turned out to be helpful in the outcome.
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