The nephew of New York Giants owner John Mara has been charged with felony assault in Fairfield, Conn., for allegedly hitting a person in the head with a bottle during a New Year's Eve party.
The victim, who hasn't been publicly identified, suffered life-threatening injuries that required immediate surgery, police said.
The nephew, also named John Mara, was arrested Friday and posted $150,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on first-degree assault and breach-of-peace charges on March 8.
Mara's lawyer, William Dow, said Mara, 22, will plead not guilty.
“We're confident a jury will find him not guilty,” Dow told the Associated Press.
Police say the arrest was the result of a two-month investigation and that Mara turned himself in after learning that authorities had obtained an arrest warrant for him. First-degree assault carries a penalty of one to 20 years in prison if convicted.
A spokesman for the Giants said the team and the senior John Mara, president and chief executive of the Giants, had no comment on the arrest.