Michael Vick to Plead Guilty to Dogfighting Charge

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

His lawyer says NFL quarterback Michael Vick is ready to enter a guilty plea in connection with a dogfighting case.

The attorney says Vick will plead guilty to federal dogfighting conspiracy charges. It's a plea that could send him to prison, and
jeopardize his football career. Vick's attorney isn't disclosing any details of the plea agreement Vick is entering into. He also won't say how much time the Atlanta Falcons quarterback can expect to serve in prison.

The offense is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000. But federal sentencing guidelines would probably call for less.

All three of Vick's co-defendants had already reached plea deals.

In a statement issued in Richmond, Virginia, the lawyer says the Atlanta Falcons quarterback has agreed to "accept full responsibility for his actions and the mistakes he has made." He says Vick "wishes to apologize again to everyone who has been hurt by this matter."

Vick's plea hearing will be held on August 27th.

According to Martin, salvaging Vick's NFL career was never a part of the discussions with prosecutors. He says the most important thing is to get Vick's life "back on track."

The NFL says in a statement that it condemns the conduct outlined in the charges. It says the conduct is "inconsistent" with what Vick had told the league and the Falcons.

The announcement came as a grand jury met in private.

Prosecutors had said a superseding indictment was in the works. But
the plea will probably mean Vick won't face additional charges.

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