Michael Vick Pleads Guilty to Dogfighting in Virginia

After plea on state charges, Vick may be eligible for early release from jail.

Posted: November 26, 2008, 5 a.m. EST

Michael Vick appeared in a Richmond, Va., court Tuesday to enter a guilty plea on state dogfighting charges in an attempt to get out of jail early.

The former star quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons was convicted on a federal dogfighting charge in August 2007. Authorities discovered more than 50 pit bulls, burial sites for dead dogs, and dogfighting paraphernalia.

Vick, 28, has been serving a 23-month sentence in Leavenworth, Kan. He was given a three-year suspended sentence.

“I want to apologize to the court, my family, and to all the kids who looked up to me as a role model,” Vick told the judge on Tuesday.

The dogs rescued from Vick’s estate became the center of one of the most publicized stories of 2007. A team of experts from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah worked with dogs to rehabilitate them and curb aggressive behavior to help them live peacefully with people and other dogs.


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Nancy   Dudley, Georgia

4/21/2013 2:45:11 PM

23 months. What a long sentence he had to serve. What about a year for every dog found on the property, alive or dead. That would have been more just. The cruelty that man inflicted was horrendous and could never be excused.

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Sue   Salt Lake City, UT

3/7/2009 10:58:33 AM

There is no excuse for Michael Vick. So what if he pled guilty. What is done is done and I don't believe he means it. He was driven by the almighty buck and he will never change. I hope his career never ever gets off of the ground again. He never took into consideration what he was doing to those poor animals.

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Alicia   phoenix, AZ

12/5/2008 3:15:54 PM

michael vick should die

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Grammy711   Redwood City, CA

11/26/2008 2:17:52 PM

So Micahel Vick has apologized...mmm...you can't just say you're sorry so you can return to football. He is a disgrace! Also, I wonder if he has apologized to the dogs?? Has he been made to clean up after them? Wait on them hand and foot? Love them? Walk them? No, he has had to do nothing!!! He is a pig!

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