Vick Hearing Under Way

The sentencing hearing of suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is under way in Richmond.

Vick is to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson.

The hearing began at 10 a.m.

Vick pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge stemming from his participation in a dogfighting operation based at a property that he owned in southeastern Virginia. He is facing a recommended prison sentence of 12 to 18 months, although Hudson could sentence him to up to five years in jail. Vick surrendered to authorities three weeks ago to voluntarily begin his prison sentence early.

Two of Vick's three co-defendants in the case already were sentenced by Hudson, one to 18 months and one to 21 months in jail.

Vick was suspended indefinitely by the NFL after entering his guilty plea and also is facing state dogfighting charges. The Falcons are trying to force him to return $19.97 million of the $37 million in bonuses in his 10-year, $130 million contract.

By Mark Maske |  December 10, 2007; 10:35 AM ET  | Category:  Falcons , League
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My blog reader cuts off posts arbitrarily, so this post, in the form I first saw it, concluded, "Vick was suspended indefinitely by the NFL after entering his guilty plea and also is facing state dogfighting charges. The Falcons are trying to force him to return $19.97"

Boy, talk about nickel and diming!

Posted by: Steve Ehrmann | December 10, 2007 4:41 PM

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