Ravens' Rice gets initial OK for court program

MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has received initial approval to enter a court program that could result in dismissal of a criminal charge against him in New Jersey.

The decision announced Tuesday relates to an aggravated assault charge Rice faces following a Feb. 15 incident with his then-girlfriend in an Atlantic City casino elevator. The couple married a day after Rice was indicted.

Atlantic County acting prosecutor Jim McClain says the decision was made after his office "considered all relevant information."

The pretrial intervention program allows for charges to be dismissed against first-time offenders who participate in it and meet certain conditions. A judge must give final approval before Rice can enter the program.

If convicted of the charge, Rice could face three to five years in prison.

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