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- Slava Voywas charged with domestic assault on Nov. 20.
- The charge stems from his October arrest.
- He could face up to nine years in state prison if convicted.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office charged Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voywith domestic assault on Nov. 20 stemming from his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence in October.
ESPN Los Angeles’ Katie Strang reported on Nov. 20 that Voy”has been charged with one felony count of corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury”:
“The Los Angeles County District Attorney‘s office has filed a felony case against Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voystemming from his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence last month, the DA confirmed in a statement.
“Voyhas been charged with one felony count of coropral injury to a spouse with a great bodily injury. He is set to be arraigned on Dec. 1.
“When reached by telephone Thursday afternoon, Voynov’s California-based lawyer Craig Renetzky said Voyis ‘disappointed’ by the DA’s decision to file charges but that Voy’maintains his innocence.’
“‘He’s really looking forward to his day in court,’ Renetzky told ESPN.com. ‘Expects to be cleared.’
“Voywas arrested by members of the Redondo Beach Police Department at a Torrence, Calif. hospital back in October after accompanying his wife to seek medical treatment.
“The 24-year-old Voywas immediately suspended indefinitely by the NHL during the criminal investigation and has not played a game for the Kings since Oct. 19.
“NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly released this statement Thursday:
“‘We are aware of the actions taken today in California, which we will review and evaluate before making any decisions. Until further notice, the current terms of Mr. Voynov’s suspension remain in place.’
“Because of the cap implications stemming from Voynov’s suspension, the Kings have had to play multiple games shorthanded. They have sought temporary cap relief from the NHL, but to no avail.”
According to the NHL’s official website, Voyfaces up to nine years in state prison if convicted:
“Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voywas charged with a felony count of domestic violence on Thursday.
“The Los Angeles County District Attorney office charged Voywith one count of corporal injury to a spouse with great bodily injury.
“Arraignment is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 1. in Department 4 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Torrance Branch.
“The NHL suspended Voywith pay immediately after his arrest on Oct. 20.
“‘We maintain support of the NHL’s indefinite suspension of Slava Voynov,’ the Kings said in a statement Thursday. ‘As an organization we will continue to closely monitor the developments of the legal proceedings and work in partnership with the NHL to determine the proper course of action in the future.’
“Voywas arrested at a hospital in Torrance, Calif., where his wife was being treated for injuries from the alleged incident. After an investigation, Voywas taken into custody. He was released on a $50,000 bond later that day.
“According to the DA’s official release, Voyfaces a possible maximum sentence of nine years in a state prison if convicted as charged.”