A grand jury in Virginia indicted Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and three co-defendants today on state charges related to their admitted operation of a dogfighting ring.
Vick was indicted for beating or killing or causing dogs to fight other dogs, and engaging in or promoting dogfighting, the Associated Press reported. The grand jury did not indict Vick and co-defendants Tony Taylor, Purnell Peace and Quanis Phillips on animal cruelty.
Surry County, Va., prosecutor Gerald Poindexter asked that the four be arraigned on Oct. 3.
Vick and his three associates already have pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges related to the dogfighting operation run at a property owned by Vick in southeastern Virginia. Vick is to be sentenced by a federal judge in Richmond on Dec. 10. He is facing a recommended prison term of 12 to 18 months on his federal conspiracy charge, although U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson can sentence him to up to five years in jail. Vick has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL.
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