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Michigan Player Charged With Assault

August 1, 2003

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) _ Michigan defensive back Marlin Jackson, the preseason Big Ten defensive player of the year, has been charged with felonious assault and aggravated assault, a prosecutor said.

The warrant was filed Thursday afternoon in Washtenaw County Court, first assistant prosecutor Konrad Siller said Friday. An arraignment has not been scheduled.

If convicted of the felony, Jackson could face up to four years in prison and a $2,000 fine.

Siller declined to discuss details of the situation from which the charges arose. An Ann Arbor police spokeswoman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

University officials declined to comment on the case. A message seeking comment was left with Jackson’s attorney, Christopher Easthope.

Big Ten Conference sportswriters and broadcasters selected Jackson the preseason defensive player of the year.

The junior had 98 tackles and six interceptions in his first two years with the Wolverines and was a second-team All-American last year.

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