Vick Won't Admit to Killing Dogs or Gambling, But Plea Deal Not Expected to Unravel

A source familiar with the Michael Vick case this morning confirmed an ESPN report that the Atlanta Falcons quarterback won't admit to killing dogs or gambling on dogfights when he pleads guilty Monday to a federal dogfighting charge.

Vick will plead guilty to the conspiracy count on which he was indicted, the source said.

That, however, isn't particularly surprising. Vick is charged in the indictment with conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and to sponsor a dog in an animal-fighting venture.

It is a conspiracy charge; he isn't charged in this case with the underlying crimes of killing dogs or gambling. Vick is agreeing to plead guilty to the count with which he is charged. Why would he admit to anything else? It is possible that he could face state charges in the future that would address the underlying crimes.

The only way this development is significant is if it threatens to unravel Vick's plea deal. But the source said the plea agreement is acceptable to prosecutors and the judge in the case.

Vick and his attorneys are scheduled to appear before U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson on Monday in Richmond.

By Mark Maske |  August 24, 2007; 9:35 AM ET  | Category:  Falcons , League
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