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Michigan DB Jackson arraigned on assault charges

Posted: Wednesday August 06, 2003 9:57 AM

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan defensive back Marlin Jackson has been arraigned on felonious assault and aggravated assault charges, a prosecutor said.

If convicted of the felony, the 20-year-old Jackson could face up to four years in prison and a $2,000 fine.

Jackson appeared Tuesday before 15th District Court Magistrate Michael Gatti. Jackson pleaded innocent, and a preliminary examination was scheduled for Aug. 13, said Washtenaw County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Burke.

Burke declined to discuss details of the situation from which the charges arose. A police report said a 26-year-old man accused Jackson of striking him in the right eye with a bottle on June 1, requiring 17 stitches.

Wolverines coach Lloyd Carr has said that the allegations are serious and that the facts will determine what happens to the star player.

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

The junior from Sharon, Pa., 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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