co-defendant in Michael Vick case, pleads guilty
One of the co-defendants
in the Michael Vick dogfighting case, Tony Taylor, has pleaded
guilty on Monday.
The 34-year-old Tony Taylor of Hampton Virginia has entered a
guilty plea on Monday. He is one of the three other
co-defendants in the dogfighting case involving the Atlanta
Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. Taylor, who initially pleaded
not guilty, went to court on Monday and changed his plea under a
plea barging and agreed to fully cooperate with the
investigation. Sentencing for Tony Taylor is scheduled for
December 14th of this year.
Michael Vick, Tony Taylor, Purnell Peace
and Quanis Phillips all submitted not guilty plea last Thursday
in Virginia. The trial for all is scheduled for November 26th.
All of the defendants are accused of
running an illegal dogfighting ring, known under the name "Bad
Newz Kennels", and transporting dogs across state lines to
participate in illegal dog fights. Taylor also stands accused of
helping to buy pit bulldogs and puppies, and of executing at
least two dogs "who did not perform well in testing sessions",
according to prosecutors. Michael Vick is also being accused of
allegedly killing eight dogs.
If found guilty, all men face up to 6 years
in prison plus fines up to $350,000. To read about the
dogfighting scandal involving Michael Vick, follow the links
Published on 07/30/2007