Felony charge filed against Voynov

Breaking news via Lisa Dillman of the LA Times:



Voynov has missed 13 games since he was suspended indefinitely by the NHL on the morning of October 20.

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The press release, via the L.A. County District Attorney:

A Los Angeles Kings defenseman was charged today in connection with an alleged attack on his wife, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Viatcheslav Leonidovich “Slava” Voynov (dob 1/16/90) faces one felony count of corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury in case YA091588. Arraignment is scheduled at 8:30 am on Dec. 1 in Department 4 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Torrance Branch.

During an argument at their Redondo Beach home on Oct. 19, Voynov caused his wife to suffer injuries to her eyebrow, cheek and neck, prosecutors said. The injuries were serious and required medical attention at a local hospital where the defendant was arrested, prosecutors added.

If convicted as charged, Voynov faces a possible maximum sentence of nine years in state prison. The case remains under investigation by the Redondo Beach Police Department.

UPDATE, 2:05 PM:

Craig Renetzky, Voynov’s attorney, spoke to the LA Times:

“Mr. Voynov is extremely disappointed that the district attorney’s office elected to file charges,” said Craig Renetzky, Voynov’s attorney. Mr. Voynov maintains his innocence and looks forward to clearing his name in court. We remain confident.”

UPDATE, 2:15 PM:

A statement from NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly:

“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.”

UPDATE, 2:30 PM:

A statement from the Los Angeles Kings:

“We maintain our support of the NHL’s indefinite suspension of Slava Voynov. 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.”

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