Ray Rice was indicted on charges of third-degree aggravated assault by a grand jury Thursday.
If the Baltimore Ravens running back is convicted, he faces three-to-five years in prison. Rice was originally arrested and charged with simple assault-domestic violence on Feb. 15 for allegedly knocking his fiancee, Janay Palmer, unconscious.
Rice’s attorney, Michael Diamondstein, told The Press Of Atlantic City that Palmer does not want to press charges.
“On behalf of Ray Rice we vehemently deny that Mr. Rice committed an aggravated assault,” Diamondstein said. “Both Mr. Rice and Miss Palmer are together, they are happy and they’re in counseling.”
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti told the Carroll County Times at the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla., on Monday that Rice will be back with the team in 2014.