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Ravens' Rice pleads not guilty to assault charge

Mays Landing, NJ ( - Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice pleaded not guilty to an aggravated assault charge stemming from a February incident with his then-fiancee at an Atlantic City hotel and is hoping to enter a pretrial program designed to keep him out of jail.

The prosecution, according to the Newark Star-Ledger, offered Rice a plea deal earlier this week that included probation and anger management training. He could enter an intervention program designed for first-time offenders, if the prosecution allows it, and have the charge dismissed upon completion.

Rice and Janay Palmer were initially charged with simple assault after the Feb. 15 incident at the Revel Casino. Video posted online by showed Rice lifting Palmer by her arms out of an elevator and laying her on the floor.

Prosecutors later upgraded the charge against Rice and dropped the charge against Palmer.

The two were married on March 31.

Rice arrived at the court Thursday morning with Palmer, and allowed his attorney to enter the plea of not guilty.

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