Pittman Formally Charged With Two Felony Counts

June 4 - Buccaneers starting tailback Michael Pittman was formally charged with two counts of aggravated assault Wednesday. Both charges are felonies, and if convicted, Pittman will receive anywhere between five and 15 years in prison.

Tampa Bay starting tailback Michael Pittman was formally charged with two counts of aggravated assault in Phoenix, Arizona on Wednesday.

Pittman, 27, was arrested in Phoenix last Saturday and charged with three counts each of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment after he allegedly rammed his Hummer into a Mercedes driven by his wife, Melissa. The couple's two-year-old son, Mycah, and his babysitter, were also passengers inside Melissa's vehicle.

No one was hurt in the crash.

While Pittman only faces two of the six original charges, both aggravated assault charges are felonies, and if convicted, Pittman, who is already on probation for two prior domestic violence incidents, will face a minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of 15.

Pittman, who was suspended one game by the league in 2001 as a result the two domestic violence incidents against his wife, could face an even harsher suspension if he pleads guilty or is found guilty of any charge against him.

The fifth-year running back has been participating in voluntary workouts this week at One Buccaneer Place, but he'll eventually have to return to Arizona to face the felony charges filed Wednesday in the Superior Court of Arizona.

There's also a chance Pittman's probation will be revoked, and if that happens, he could spend time in jail while awaiting his trial.

Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden said earlier this week that he will await a court decision before deciding whether or not to discipline Pittman.


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