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The Today File

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October 10, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Charge filed against Marshawn Lynch accuser

The woman who made assault and property-damage allegations against Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch in August has been charged with making a false statement to a public servant.

Jammie Lynn Ficarelli, 31, of Everett, was charged Thursday in King County District Court, according to the Bellevue City Attorney’s Office. Ficarelli alleged that Lynch had assaulted her in a Bellevue apartment and damaged her purse on Aug. 10.

Bellevue police recommended last week that Ficarelli be charged with making a false or misleading statement after investigators found that Lynch had been at a hotel at the time about a mile from where the incident occurred.

The investigation also found that although Ficarelli did have injuries from that night, two witnesses said they were the result of a fall, according to the Bellevue Police Department.

One witness, a man the woman apparently thought was Lynch, said he told her multiple times that night that he didn’t play for the Seahawks.

Ficarelli told police the man she was with never identified himself as Lynch, but that “she knew it was him because she is a football fan,” according to a police report.

The 35-year-old man she was with that night is 6 foot 2 and 185 pounds. Lynch is 3 inches shorter and 215 pounds.

If convicted of the gross misdemeanor, Ficarelli could face a sentence of up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

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