Dennis Schroder could face felony charges for aggravated battery
Atlanta Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder could be facing a felony of aggravated battery as his misdemeanor case has been transferred to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s office with the recommendation that the case is prosecuted as such, according to court records, per Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Schroder was first arrested along with three other men on misdemeanor battery charges on Sept. 29 in the suburb of Brookhaven.
Local police said that a video recording of the incident showed Schroder “initiate contact” with the victim, also including that all four arrested men struck the victim with their hands and feet.
Schroder had his scheduled arraignment on Jan. 4 for the misdemeanor charge postponed because due to a scheduling error, per court records.
All four defendants are being prosecuted for aggravated battery due to “maliciously” cause bodily harm to the victim, resulting in “serious damage to the victim’s knee and leg.”
“The victim’ s medical records… indicate that the victim suffered a torn meniscus and a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL),” Solicitor General Tommy McNulty wrote to District Attorney Sherry Boston. “These injuries require multiple surgeries and extensive rehabilitation. As such, this case should be handled by the District Attorney’ s Office.”
According to Georgia law, an individual convicted of aggravated battery could face a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.
The Hawks said they had no comment on Schroder’s case. The organization previously said they planned to discipline their starting point guard once the court case was resolved.