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Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Updated: July 3, 2:58 PM ET
Georgia's Lemon charged with felony stemming from a fight

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia defensive end Michael Lemon has been charged with a felony stemming from a fight last weekend that injured another Georgia student.

Police investigators took out warrants against the sophomore, charging him with both misdemeanor battery and felony aggravated battery.

Demarius Jackson, 20, of Albany, told police that Lemon sucker-punched him at a cookout Saturday night at an apartment complex.

The 20-year-old Lemon, a 6-foot-4, 274-pounder, accused Jackson of talking to his girlfriend, according to Jackson and witnesses.

The police report said Lemon punched Jackson about five times before he was pulled off.

Jackson sustained a fracture in his left eye socket, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. He told the newspaper that his left eye is still swollen, the left side of his face is numb and that he occasionally spits up blood. "It still hurts pretty bad," he said.

A conviction on an aggravated battery charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

"I'm relieved something finally is being done," Jackson told the Athens Banner-Herald. "It's taken four days, but the warrant was definitely a step in the right direction."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.