NFL Star’s Domestic Assault Case to Be Dismissed Once He Completes Pre-Trial Intervention Program

July 30, 2014 - 10:36 AM

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Baltimore Ravens football player and former Rutgers University standout, Ray Rice holds hands with his wife Janay Palmer as they arrive at Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse in Mays Landing, N.J., Thursday, May 1, 2014. After Rice and Janay Palmer got into a physical altercation on Feb. 15 at an Atlantic City casino, both were charged with simple assault-domestic violence. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)


(CNSNews.com) – Once Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice completes a pre-trial intervention program for first-time offenders, the 3rd degree aggravated assault case against him stemming from a domestic incident with his now-wife will be dismissed.

“That’s a normal outcome given the same circumstances for anyone,” Jay McKeen, spokesperson for Atlantic County, N.J., prosecutor’s office told CNSNews.com Tuesday when CNSNews.com asked if domestic violence cases for first-time offenders are usually handled in the same manner.

Rice was arrested and indicted by a grand jury for the alleged physical assault of his then-fiancée Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City casino. Videotape surveillance shows Rice carrying an unconscious Palmer out of the casino elevator.

At first both Palmer and Rice were charged with simple assault and then released on summons complaints. The assault complaint against Palmer was “administratively dismissed,” and on March 27, a grand jury indicted Rice on one count of aggravated assault.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice for two games, a decision seen by some as too lenient, considering other less serious offenses have resulted in more suspension time.

On May 1, Rice entered a not guilty plea and applied for Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI).

“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. After considering all relevant information in light of applicable law it was determined that this was the appropriate disposition,” prosecutor Jim McClain said in a press release.

According to the press release, successful completion of the program will result in dismissal of the case, and the arrest will remain on the applicant’s record, but no conviction.

“PTI is a New Jersey program for first-time offenders accused of 4th and 3rd degree crimes, similar to probation in that it avoids incarceration and requires the satisfaction of prescribed conditions. The program ranges in duration between 6 months and 4 years,” the press release said.

PTI usually lasts for a minimum of 12 months, but the term will be set by the Atlantic County Superior Court. The participant will be supervised by court personnel to ensure compliance with program requirements.