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Ray RiceBaltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, 27, was indicted today by a grand jury on third-degree aggravated assault for allegedly striking his fiancée unconscious last month at an Atlantic City casino.

Rice was arrested and charged with simple assault-domestic violence on Feb. 15 after a physical altercation with fiancée, Janay Palmer. Palmer also was charged with simple assault but her charges were dropped.

In New Jersey conviction of a third-degree crime carries a prison sentence of  three years and up to five years, and a fine up to $15,000.

A video obtained and posted online by TMZ showed Rice lifting fiancée Palmer by her arms out of an elevator and laying her on the floor. Rice’s attorney, Michael Diamondstein, has said the footage is authentic but incomplete. “I have been advised by the prosecutor’s office that an indictment has been returned.”

Diamondstein told ESPN on Thursday afternoon. “And again, we deny that he committed an aggravated assault. We don’t think the law would support that [he did]. And we just ask the public to reserve judgment until all of the facts are out.”

Diamondstein told The Press of Atlantic City, “We vehemently deny that Mr. Rice committed an aggravated assault. “Both Mr. Rice and Miss Palmer are together, they are happy and they’re in counseling.”

The Ravens released a statement Thursday that read: “This is part of the due process for Ray. We know there is more to Ray Rice than this one incident.” Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has said Rice has a future with the team despite his arrest.

Rice signed a five-year, $35 million contract with the Ravens before the 2012 season. He is coming off his worst season, rushing for only 660 yards and averaging a career-low 3.1 yards per carry.

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