Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Baltimore Ravens Running Back Ray Rice is Approved for PTI Program in Assault Charges

MAYS LANDING – The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office has approved the application for admission to the Pre-Trial Intervention program of a Maryland man for the physical assault of a woman in an Atlantic City casino/hotel elevator, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced today.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office has approved the application of Raymell Rice, 27, of the 2400 block of Tufton Spring Lane, Reistertown, MD for admission to the Pre-Trial Intervention program.

Prosecutor Jim McClain said, “This decision was arrived at after careful consideration of the information contained in Mr. Rice’s application in light of all of the facts gathered during the investigation. After considering all relevant information in light of applicable law it was determined that this was the appropriate disposition.”
On February 15, 2014, at 2:52 a.m., Atlantic City Police responded to the Revel Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City to investigate an altercation between Raymell M. Rice, 27, of the 2400 block of Tufton Spring Lane, Reistertown, MD, and Janay Palmer, 26, of the same address.
Atlantic City Police charged both Rice and Palmer with simple assault, a disorderly persons offense. Both were released on summons complaints. The case was referred to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
The simple assault complaint against Janay Palmer was administratively dismissed. An Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted Raymell M. Rice on March 27, 2014 for one (1) 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.
Rice entered a not guilty plea before Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Michael A. Donio on May 1st, and made application for Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI).
Today, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office approved the application and submitted its decision to the Court.
PTI is a New Jersey program for first-time offenders accused of 4th or 3rd degree crimes, similar to probation in that it avoids incarceration and requires the satisfaction of prescribed conditions. The program ranges in duration between 6 months and 4 years. Successful completion of the program by a defendant results in the dismissal of criminal charges.
General information regarding the approval for Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI):

  • * The term of the PTI program—at minimum 12 months in duration—will be set by Atlantic County Superior Court.
  • * The participant is supervised by Court personnel to ensure compliance with the program’s requirements. 
  • * Successful completion of the PTI program will result in dismissal of the case. The arrest will remain on the applicant’s record, but no conviction. 

  • Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County. 


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