Former NHLer Mike Ribeiro's photograph from the Franklin County (Texas) Sheriff's Office
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Jury Makes Its Decision in the Trial of Former NHLer Mike Ribeiro

Published February 3, 2024 at 10:48
Former NHLer Mike Ribeiro, a well-known name who played 1074 regular season NHL games, has received his verdict after a jury deliberated for several hours. Ribeiro had been on trial in Franklin County, Texas since January 23.

Ribeiro had been charged with two counts of s***al assault, as well as one count of attempted SA. The Jury ruled Friday that Ribeiro has been acquitted of the first two charges, while it was completely deadlocked on the third. It is possible that Ribeiro could be retried on that last one.

"State District Judge Eddie Northcutt declared a mistrial about 5 p.m. [CT] over the third charge — attempted s----l assault — when the Franklin County jury declared it was deadlocked and could not reach a verdict after about 12 hours of deliberations. It was not immediately clear if Ribeiro will be retried on the third charge." - Maggie Prosser, Dallas News

The allegations stemmed from a party that Ribeiro had at a summer home on Lake Cypress Springs in Franklin County in 2021. Ribeiro was in the area at the time attempting to sell the property.

Ribeiro was originally drafted in the second round (45th overall) by the Montreal Canadiens in 1998, and played for the team for parts of six seasons before moving on. He then went to the Dallas Stars for six seasons, then the Washington Capitals and Phoenix (Arizona) for one each before finally ending up in Nashville. He retired from pro hockey in 2017. Ribeiro became a polarizing player throughout his NHL career after some questionable plays on the ice.

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Jury Makes Its Decision in the Trial of Former NHLer Mike Ribeiro

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