Atlanta Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge back in September in DeKalb County. And it looks the like they’re recommending Felony charges stemming from the incident.
Via the Atlanta Journal:
Hawks guard Dennis Schroder’s misdemeanor case has been transferred to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s office with the recommendation that it be prosecuted as felony aggravated battery, according to court records.
Brookhaven Police arrested Schroder and three other men on misdemeanor battery charges on Sept. 29. Police said that a video recording of the incident showed Schroder “initiate contact” with the victim and that all four arrested individuals later struck the victim with their hands and feet. Police had responded to a call about a fight in a shopping center parking lot on Buford Highway.
Schroder’s scheduled arraignment on Jan. 4 for the misdemeanor charge was postponed because of a scheduling error, according to court records. In a Feb. 26 letter to DeKalb District Attorney Sherry Boston, DeKalb Assistant Solicitor-General Tommy McNulty wrote that all four defendants should be prosecuted for aggravated battery because they “maliciously” caused bodily harm that resulted 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),” McNulty wrote to 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, a person convicted of aggravated battery faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years. The Hawks said they had no comment Schroder’s case being recommended for felony charges.
Dennis Schröder is currently the Hawks’ best player, and is having a pretty good season. He just hit his career high only a week ago. The Hawks can never win.