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Denver district attorney drops felony kidnapping charge, officially charges Varlamov with Third Degree Assault.

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

After receiving English translations of Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov's testimony, the Denver District Attorney's Office has officially charged Varlamov with third degree assault.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Hockey player Semyon Varlamov charged today by the Denver DA with third-degree assault in DV case. <a href="http://t.co/fQfrxmjT6C">http://t.co/fQfrxmjT6C</a></p>&mdash; Denver DA (@DenverDAsOffice) <a href="https://twitter.com/DenverDAsOffice/statuses/403976596224094208">November 22, 2013</a></blockquote>

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According to Garlin Driscoll, a local criminal defense LLC:

Third degree assault is a Class 1 misdemeanor, and the only assault charge that is not a felony. Third degree assault does not require intent, but rather that a person knowingly or recklessly causesbodily injury to another person or, with criminal negligence, causes bodily injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon. Third degree assault is an extraordinary risk crime that is subject to the modified sentencing range.

Third degree assault is commonly charged in situations involving minor physical altercations that do not involve apparent injury but do involve some degree of physical pain.  Third degree assault is often charged in situations alleged to involve domestic violence, for example when a wife says that her husband hit or pushed her, or vice versa, and it hurt.

Meanwhile, Ryan Parker at the Denver Post says that Varlamov could face up to two years in a county jail if he is convicted.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>If convicted, <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Varlamov&amp;src=hash">#Varlamov</a> could face up to two years in county jail for the assault charge. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23avalanche&amp;src=hash">#avalanche</a></p>&mdash; Ryan Parker (@ryanparkerdp) <a href="https://twitter.com/ryanparkerdp/statuses/403982003676016640">November 22, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Varlamov is next due in court on December 2nd.