The Santa Clara County District Attorney on Thursday charged former NFL player Ray McDonald, who was let go from both the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears, with felony false imprisonment stemming from a domestic violence incident earlier this year during which he allegedly assaulted his then-fiance as she was holding their two-month old baby.
The 30-year-old former football player was also charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, child endangerment, and with violating a court order to stay away from the woman, according to the District Attorney's office.
McDonald is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon at the Hall of Justice in San Jose. If convicted, his sentence could be up to three years in prison.
His lawyer, Josh Bentley, was not immediately available for comment.
"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,” Deputy District Attorney James Demertzis said in a statement.
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