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Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has been formally charged with one felony count of corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury. If convicted as charged, he could face up to nine years in state prison.
Slava Voynov has been formally charged in connection with an alleged attack on his girlfriend, according to a press release from the Los Angeles Districts Attorney office and a report from Lisa Dillman, a reporter from the Los Angeles Times.
The charge against Voynov is one felony count of corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury. On Oct. 19, Voynov allegedly caused injuries to Marta Varlamova’s eyebrow, cheek and neck. The injuries were severe enough that they required medical attention. While at the hospital, Voynov was arrested for the alleged domestic violence.
Since the arrest and alleged charges, Voynov has been suspended, with pay, by the NHL and has not been allowed to participate with the Los Angeles Kings. Voynov’s attorneys have previously stated that the arrest was on account of, “a misunderstanding,” and that the Kings defenseman did not strike his wife.
The district attorney’s release states that, if convicted as charged, Voynov could face up to a maximum of nine years in state prison. Voynov will have an arraignment hearing on Dec. 1, and the case will remain under investigation by the Rendondo Beach Police Department.
In a statement, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the league is aware of the actions the District Attorney has taken and the league, "will review and evaluate before making any decisions." He went on to say that Voynov's suspension and its current terms remain intact.