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Grand Jury Indicts Six Officers In Freddie Gray Case

05/21/2015 05:18 pm ET | Updated May 21, 2015
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A grand jury has indicted six Baltimore officers on a range of charges after State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby presented her department's investigation into the death of Freddie Gray.

In a press conference Thursday, Mosby announced that the grand jury charged all six officers in connection to Gray's death. Officers Edward Nero, Garrett Miller, Caesar Goodson, William Porter, Sgt. Alicia White and Lt. Brian Rice face a slew of charges ranging from misdemeanor negligent assault and misconduct to involuntary manslaughter, intentional assault and murder.

“On May 1st our investigation revealed that we had enough probable cause to bring charges against the six officers,” Mosby said.

The revised charges add reckless endangerment counts to all of the officers' cases, and remove false imprisonment charges that Mosby had announced after Gray's death was ruled a homicide. Below are the charges, followed by their maximum sentences:

Officer Caesar R. Goodson, Jr.
Second degree depraved heart murder (30 yrs.)
Manslaughter (involuntary) (10 yrs.)
Assault/second degree (10 yrs.)
Manslaughter by vehicle (gross negligence) (10 yrs.)
Manslaughter by vehicle (criminal negligence) (3 yrs.)
Misconduct in office
Reckless endangerment (5 yrs.)

Officer William G. Porter
Manslaughter (involuntary) (10 yrs.)
Assault/second degree (10 yrs.
Misconduct in office
Reckless endangerment (5 yrs.)

Lt. Brian W. Rice
Manslaughter (involuntary) (10 yrs.)
Assault/second degree (10 yrs.)
Misconduct in office
Misconduct in office
Reckless endangerment (5 yrs.)

Officer Edward M. Nero
Assault/second degree (10 yrs.)
Misconduct in office
Misconduct in office
Reckless endangerment (5 yrs.)

Officer Garrett E. Miller
Assault/second degree (10 yrs.)
Misconduct in office
Misconduct in office
Reckless endangerment (5 yrs.)

Sgt. Alicia D. White
Manslaughter (involuntary) (10 yrs.)
Assault/second degree (10 yrs.)
Misconduct in office
Reckless endangerment (5 yrs.)

Goodson, the driver of the van that transported Gray after his arrest, was charged with murder, as well as two counts of manslaughter and other charges, NBC News reports. Porter, who rode in the van, was indicted on involuntary manslaughter, assault, misconduct and reckless endangerment charges. Rice, Nero and Miller, who chased and arrested Gray, were indicted on a range of charges, and White, who reportedly checked on Gray during one of the van’s stops that day, was indicted on involuntary manslaughter and other charges.

Gray died on April 19 from a severe spinal cord injury he sustained during his arrest a week prior. Mosby's department conducted the investigation, and she became a controversial figure in Baltimore after she swiftly issued arrest warrants for the officers involved. She has maintained in several press conferences, however, that her investigation has revealed more than enough evidence to charge them.

Their arraignments are scheduled for July 2.

More from the Associated Press:

Gray's death spawned protests that gave way at least twice to violence, looting and arson. In the wake of the riots, Democratic Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake implemented a curfew for all Baltimore residents, and Republican Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency.

Gray was arrested in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of West Baltimore. According to court documents, he made eye contact with a police officer and took off running. He was apprehended two blocks away and arrested for possession of a knife that Miller wrote in charging documents is illegal under a city ordinance.

Mosby said the arrest was unlawful because the knife is legal under state law.

None of the officers secured Gray's seatbelt in the van, a violation of police policy. Soon after he was placed in the van, Goodson stopped to secure him with leg irons because Gray had become "irate," police said.

After a ride that included several more stops, including one to pick up a second passenger, the van arrived at the Western District station house. By that time, Gray was non-responsive.

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