Sentence: 23 months behind bars
The troubled Atlanta Falcons
quarterback Michael Vick was given 23 months behind bars for
participation in the dogfighting operation.
Michael Vick was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Richmond,
Virginia, on Monday to 23 months in prison in the federal case
for his participation in the dogfighting operation known under
the name "Bad Newz Kennels". The sentence given to Michael Vick
is above the prosecutors' recommended 12 to 18 months, but the
maximum sentence Vick was facing was five years. The entire
sentencing of the Atlanta Falcons quarterback given by U.S.
District Judge Henry E. Hudson took less than 2 hours. "I am
willing to deal with the consequences and accept responsibility
for my actions," Michael Vick said before the sentencing,
but judge Hudson was unmoved and handed down 23 months prison
time to Vick, saying that he believed the Falcons star was a
full partner in the illegal enterprise.
In November Judge Hudson sentenced Purnell
Peace to 18 months in prison and Quanis Phillips to 21 months
for their part in the Bad Newz Kennels operation. A fourth
co-defendant, Tony Taylor, is scheduled for sentencing on
Friday. All four, including Michael Vick, are still facing state
charges in relation to the dogfighting ring. Michael Vick's
attorneys last month requested a jury trial on the state charges
and is set to begin in April. For more on Michael Vick's
dogfighting case, follow the links below.