Saturday, March 29, 2014

Ray Rice marries fiancee the day after indictment for aggravated assault: Report

Ray Rice married Janay Palmer on Friday — one day after the Ravens running back was indicted for aggravated assault for allegedly knocking his then-fiancée unconscious, according to an ESPN report.

Rice and Palmer were arrested and charged with simple assault-domestic violence after an incident at the Revel Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City on Feb. 15. 

Rice was indicted Thursday by an Atlantic Country grand jury for one count of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony that carries a potential penalty of 3-5 years of imprisonment. Veteran New Jersey defense attorney Richard Klineburger told it's "highly unlikely" Rice will serve prison time because he has no prior record.

The simple assault charge against Palmer was dismissed on Thursday. It has been reported that Palmer doesn't want to move forward with the case against Rice.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said earlier this month that the couple had plans to attend counseling. The organization has supported Rice, a six-year veteran running back, throughout the process.

ESPN reported that Friday's ceremony had been planned for a couple of weeks.
Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes criticized Rice on Twitter, saying the marriage was only an attempt to "save his image."

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