DETROIT – 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.

A warrant was filed Thursday afternoon in Washtenaw County
Court, first assistant prosecutor Konrad Siller said Friday. Ann
Arbor Police Det. David Monroe said the department would not
comment until the arraignment, which is to be held some time next
week.

If convicted of the felony, the 20-year-old 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. The Detroit Free Press, citing the 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.

“The allegations against Marlin Jackson are serious,” coach
Lloyd Carr said through a spokesman. “The facts will speak to the
truth of the charges and to the resolution that will be
determined.”

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

The Jim Thorpe Association recently named Jackson as a leading
candidate for the Jim Thorpe Award for the second straight season.
The award is presented annually to the nation’s outstanding
defensive back.

He has started in 20 games, more than any current Michigan
defensive player. He trails only fifth-year seniors John Navarre
and Tony Pape in overall starting assignment by a Wolverine.

Keep checking this website for more information regarding the
charges against Jackson.

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