Vick Receives 23-Month Prison Sentence
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson today in Richmond.
Vick had been facing a recommended sentence of 12 to 18 months after pleading guilty to a federal conspiracy charge stemming from his participation in a dogfighting operation based at a property that he owned in southeastern Virginia.
The sentence would stretch until October 2009.
Vick received a lengthier sentence than either of his co-defendants previously sentenced by Hudson, one of whom received an 18-month jail term and the other of which received 21 months.
Hudson could have sentenced him to up to five years in jail. Vick surrendered to authorities three weeks ago to voluntarily begin his prison sentence early.
Vick, 27, also is facing state dogfighting charges. He was suspended indefinitely by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after entering his guilty plea in the federal case. 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; 10:49 AM ET
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