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Ex-Raven acquitted on felony animal cruelty charges

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 6: Defensive lineman Terrence Cody #62 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on from the sideline during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 6, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Ravens defeated the Steelers 23-20. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 6: Defensive lineman Terrence Cody #62 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on from the sideline during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 6, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Ravens defeated the Steelers 23-20. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

BALTIMORE (AP) Former Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Terrence Cody has been acquitted of the two most serious animal cruelty charges against him but found guilty of multiple misdemeanors and could receive jail time.

Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Judith C. Ensor found him not guilty Monday of two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty. Cody was convicted of five other counts related to failing to neglecting his dog Taz, which died in January. Prosecutors said the Canary mastiff had starved to death.

Ensor also found Cody guilty of illegally possessing and neglecting an alligator.

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Defense attorney Joe Murtha argued during trial his client had been neglectful, but hadn't intentionally tortured or killed Taz.

Cody, a free agent, faces more than a year of jail plus fines. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 5.