Chicago Bears defensive tackle Ray McDonald speaks with the media after minicamp in April. The team released McDonald after he was arrested on a domestic violence charge.
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By Steve DelVecchio
NFL defensive end Ray McDonald on Thursday was formally charged with domestic violence stemming from an incident in which he allegedly attacked his ex-fiancee back in May.
McDonald, who signed with the Chicago Bears earlier this offseason but was promptly released after his latest arrest, is facing charges of felony false imprisonment, misdemeanor domestic violence, child endangerment and violating a protective order.
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“It is unconscionable and illegal for any woman to be trapped whether it be behind a dining room table or in a relationship filled with fear and violence,” prosecutor James Demertzis told a court in Santa Clara, via Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle.
McDonald was scheduled to be arraigned in court on Thursday afternoon. If convicted, he would face up to three years in prison.
The woman McDonald allegedly assaulted in May is the same woman who accused him of domestic violence last August, when she was pregnant and still engaged to the former San Francisco 49ers lineman. No charges were filed and McDonald was later cleared by the NFL in that incident.