Michigan's Jackson pleads guilty to aggravated assault

Updated: August 13, 2003, 4:49 PM ET

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan defensive back Marlin Jackson pleaded guilty to aggravated assault Wednesday in a plea agreement with Washtenaw County prosecutors.

The preseason Big Ten defensive player of the year was accused of striking a man in the right eye with a bottle during a party.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped a charge of felonious assault, which carried a sentence of up to four years in jail, Assistant Prosecutor Paul Barnett said.

Aggravated assault is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Sept. 11.

"I'm very relieved to get this over with. I never struck a man with a bottle and I'm sorry this whole situation did happen," Jackson said after Wednesday's court hearing. "I punched a man and I'm sorry for that and I hope he's all right."

Prosecutors filed a warrant July 31 accusing Jackson of assaulting Shahin Farokahrany during a June 1 house party.

Michigan coach Lloyd Carr had no immediate comment on Wednesday's developments in Jackson's case. Carr has said the allegations are serious and that the facts will determine what happens to the star player.

Michigan opens its season Aug. 30 at home against Central Michigan.

Jackson 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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