Atlantic City Police reported to the casino on Feb. 15 to investigate the incident between Rice, 27, and Janay Palmer, 26, both of Reistertown, Maryland.
Rice and Palmer were both charged with simple assault, a disorderly persons offense. Both were released on summons complaints, and the case was referred to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
Rice was indicted for one count of aggravated assault, for attempting to cause significant bodily injury, and/or purposely or knowing causing such injury, and/or recklessly causing such injury under extreme indifference to the value of human life.
The simple assault complaint against Palmer was administratively dismissed.
Aggravated Assault is a third degree crime, and carries a potential penalty of 3-5 years imprisonment.
The case has gained attention nationwide because of Rice’s celebrity status. He holds 11 Rutgers University rushing records, including career yards and career touchdowns. He was drafted by the Ravens in 2008, and won Super Bowl XLVII with the team following the 2012 season.
Video footage of the incident was made public the day the Prosecutor’s Office assumed control of the investigation, on Feb. 19.