As many have predicted, Ray Rice has dodged jail time stemming from his felony aggravated assault case. According to Press of Atlantic City, the Baltimore Ravens running back has been admitted into a pretrial intervention program, which helped him to avoid prosecution and any potential jail time that he may have faced for allegedly attacking then-fiancée (now-wife), Janay Rice.
The Atlantic City Prosecutors Office approved Rice’s acceptance into the program on Monday and Superior Court Judge Michael Doino signed off on it yesterday. If Rice successfully completes the program, which is expected to be at least one year-long, the third-degree aggravated assault charge, which was brought against him as a result of the alleged attack, 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.”
Rice’s attorney Michael Diamondstein adds that the Ravens star is happy that he was accepted into the program.
“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.”
Specific details regarding Rice’s pretrial intervention program have not been made public, but according to POAC, each program is tailored to the defendant. Rice’s particular program will likely include anger management courses, as that was said to be a part of his plea offer. Rice’s lawyer previously revealed that the couple was also in counseling.
“I’m pleased that Mr. and Mrs. Rice can begin their married lives with a fresh start and a bright future,” said Robert Gamburg, Janay Rice’s attorney.
“They both are looking forward to putting this behind them,” adds Diamondstein.
A court date regarding the case, which was originally set for May 29, has been canceled. If Rice successfully completes the program, he will not have to return to court again regarding this matter.