Ravens running back Ray Rice has been indicted by prosecutors in Atlantic County, N.J. on a charge of aggravated assault, officials announced Thursday.

Rice had initially faced a charge of simple assault for allegedly striking his fiancee, Janay Palmer, in the Revel Casino on Feb. 15.
Prosecutors took the case to a grand jury, which returned a more serious charge of aggravated assault. The charge carries a potential penalty of three to five years in prison, officials said.
In addition to bringing new charges against Rice, prosecutors dismissed a simple assault charge that had been filed against Palmer.

Earlier this week, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti called Rice's arrest "embarassing and disappointing" but vowed to stick by the three-time All-Pro running back.

"Ray will be here," Bisciotti said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun at the owners meetings. "This is a singular moment six years after we drafted him. It’s embarrassing for him and his fiancée. It is especially hard to see somebody that is proud of his reputation have to take this kind of public relations hit."