New Rochelle Native Rice Pleads Not Guilty To Assault

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NFL running back and New Rochelle native Ray Rice pleaded not guilty to assault charges on Thursday, May 1.
NFL running back and New Rochelle native Ray Rice pleaded not guilty to assault charges on Thursday, May 1. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- New Rochelle native and Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice pleaded not guilty on Thursday, May 1, to charges he assaulted his wife in an Atlantic City Casino in February, according to the Baltimore Sun. 

Rice and his legal counsel also applied for a diversionary program as a first-time offender, the Baltimore Sun reported. 

Rice and his then-fiance,Janay Palmer, were both arrested following the incident in February, but charges against Palmer were later dropped while the NFL Pro Bowler had his charges upgraded to third-degree aggravated assault. The couple married in March, the paper said. 

If convicted, Rice could spend up to five years in prison, according to the Baltimore Sun. 

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