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Rice pleads not guilty, eyes pretrial program


Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice pleaded not guilty to a third-degree charge of aggravated assault and applied for a pretrial intervention program Thursday morning in Mays Landing, N.J.
   The pretrial intervention program is a diversionary program which permits certain defendants (particularly first-time ones) to avoid formal prosecution.
   If Rice is not approved for the program, his next court date is scheduled for May 29.
   Prosecutors have offered a plea agreement in which Rice would receive probation with no jail time and undergo anger management counseling.
   On Wednesday, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said the uncertainty surrounding Rice's future won't affect the team's draft plans.

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