Vick Pleads Guilty To State Dogfighting Charges

Former NFL star quarterback Michael Vick has pleaded guilty to a state dogfighting charge in Virginia in a bid to make him eligible for early release from jail.

The 28-year-old Vick pleaded guilty to one charge and not guilty to a second count involving torturing or killing animals. The second count was dropped.

Vick was given a three-year suspended sentence. The plea could potentially speed his return to the NFL.

Federal law prohibits prisoners from being released to a halfway house if there are unresolved charges pending.

Vick was expressionless throughout the brief hearing. He told the judge he apologized to his family and to children who looked up to him as a role model.

Vick has been serving a 23-month sentence in Leavenworth, Kansas, for a federal dogfighting conviction. He's scheduled for release on July 20, 2009, and will serve three years' probation.


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  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Dec 1, 2008 at 08:15 PM
    I think it would serve as a good lesson to any football player, college or professional, to realize that being a star doesn't make you above the law. You have been given a talent and the ability to do something that the average joe will not get to do in their wildest dreams, and you mess it up by doing something stupid? Vick got what he deserved; there are no naysayers. Idiots like Vick, Pacman Jones, etc., do these things to themselves. Last time I checked, we all have free will and the ability to choose right from wrong. So cut the bull about people holding Vick down. If he's lucky, he can find a job at McDonalds when he gets out.
  • by EC Location: Sanford NC on Dec 1, 2008 at 07:28 AM
    He needs to serve every minute of his sentence, and then he needs to be banned from the NFL...period! He thought he was too important to ever get caught...if caught never convicted...if convicted never to serve time...and if all else fell apart, say he's sorry and get another multimillion dollar job and stick his nose up to the rest of the world.
  • by ASO Location: OK on Nov 30, 2008 at 04:41 AM
    How dare any of those negative people want this man out. He will get off just like the other football player Simpson. Fighting Dogs and Hunting for Deer are not the same, Dog fighting is suffering and Hunting Deer is instant. Would you want to throw your child, wife, mother, or any relative in a pit and route on a fight with a controlled substance animal. Those that believe he can enjoy life and give him a chance are just as sick as the serial killers out their. This is what he truely is " A Serial Killer", he hunts for the best and kills them. He is a sick and twisted man and I only wish that he could be strung up in the same way as he treated those dogs and disposed of the same way.
  • by GLENN Location: beulaville on Nov 26, 2008 at 07:45 AM
    i like to know what he paid the state of va to put him on probation did the judge and da get ticket to tthe next fight at his house when he get out the only way to teach him is take away what he has money football like he did those dogs lifes but he will go back doing what he has way done thanks to state of va
  • by Coach M Location: Rocky Mount on Nov 26, 2008 at 01:57 AM
    First of all, the naysayers didn't get him down. He broke the law, simple as that. Plead guitly? Why not, he was guilty. LOL, his house, his land, period. Will he play in the NFL again? Probably. Does he have the right to be there? Definitely not.
  • by Tim Location: La Grange on Nov 25, 2008 at 09:07 PM
    Ray, you have a lot to learn.
  • by shasta on Nov 25, 2008 at 03:14 PM
    "He told the judge he apologized to his family and to children who looked up to him as a role model.".....big deal....did he apologize to the animals....
  • by Concerned Location: Kinston on Nov 25, 2008 at 01:30 PM
    Ray, Do you have pet deer and bears in your house or in your backyard "fighting" for money? Didn't think so.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 25, 2008 at 01:16 PM
    in prison for animal cruelty but tends to the horse stables at the prison...hmmm
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 25, 2008 at 12:44 PM
    Thanks Concerned, I saw it too, proves how sick this guy is and the people that hang out with him. Ray, there is not hunting season on dogs in case you hadn't heard. Pretty sure it is against the law and you will be prosecuted. Ask Michael, he knows, he is playing at Leavonworth for no pay.
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