Three misdemeanor assault and battery charges filed against Derrius Khamar Guice, the former Washington Football running back, will go before a judge for review on June 23 in General District Court.
Guice, 23, was charged with the three Class 1 misdemeanors, along with a felony strangulation charge, after his girlfriend accused him of assaulting her on three separate occasions.
According to the criminal complaints, Guice on Feb. 14, 2020, allegedly pushed his girlfriend to the ground at their Ashburn home, leaving her with a popped blood vessel in her thumb. Guice on March 13, 2020. also allegedly wrapped his hands around his girlfriend’s neck and strangled her until she was unconscious, and pushed her and pulled her hair “more than once” on that occasion. Guice also allegedly assaulted her again on April 17, 2020.
In January, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office agreed to not prosecute Guice’s felony strangulation charge. According to a case filing, prosecutors—after reviewing the case, speaking with the victim and reviewing Guice’s history—felt that proceeding with the misdemeanor cases was appropriate to hold Guice accountable and give his girlfriend the chance to let her voice be heard.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office has not responded for comment.
Under Virginia law, a Class 1 misdemeanor is punishable by no more than 12 months in jail, no more than a $2,500 fine or both.
The former LSU standout was the Washington Football Team’s second round draft pick in 2018. Because of knee injuries he played in only five games before the team released him after the criminal charges were filed.