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  | Category:  Falcons , League
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Vick rightly got a longer sentence than his co-defendants. He continued to lie and maintain his innocence when they at least had the balls to admit they were guilty and cop a plea.

Posted by: castanea | December 10, 2007 1:16 PM

What crap. He gets sentenced longer than the prosecuter's recommendation for what? To make an example of him?? This another case of the American "justice system" leveraging the conviction of a celebrity to further an overhyped law. People are convicted of less for multiple DUIs, molestation and other sex crimes. Great job Judge Hudson! You really showed criminals who's the boss.

Posted by: NotYourAverageSinner | December 10, 2007 1:16 PM

Bad Newz Kennels would not have been possible without Vick. Given that he was bankrolling the whole operation, two additional months does not seem excessive.

Posted by: dcdude | December 10, 2007 1:21 PM

Vick's light sentence is practically a Christmas gift. Those who think this is "excessive" need to educate themselves about the laws at issue here and how these matters are usually prosecuted.

A white dog fighter named David Tant fought fewer dogs and is serving a 40 year sentence. Another white dog fighter just got 102 years. Authorities usually charge at least 1 felony count per animal, live or dead. Under federal and state law he could have been charged with more than a hundred counts based on the facts he admitted to. Instead he got one federal and two state counts. A mere 2% or less of what he could have faced.

Posted by: Danilo | December 10, 2007 2:22 PM

Well Danilo- Since you want to compare/contrast sentencing for blacks & whites, consider Whites make up most of the nation's hunters and though hunting is legal-1.WHY IS HUNTING LEGAL -WHEN DOGFIGHTING IS NOT!!!
Seems like B**ls**t, doesn't it?

Also, you can't be serious bringing up some "Horror Story" sentencing for white males-
Well, two can play that game.
1. M. Abul-Jamal-still falsely imprisoned for nothing without a trial in the Philly area going on 30yrs
2.The 16 yr old black female-sentenced to six years in prison for 'shoving' a white teacher's aide
3.The black slightly retarded pre-teen given a 20-odd year prison sentence for accidentally killing a friend while practing wrestling moves.
4.Emmett Till
5. The four black girls killed when Whites decided to firebomb a church (What is it with you people-First, you force a religion-christianity, on my kind,trying to quell Nat Turner's/ John Lewis' slave revolt in 1848. Then, you FIREBOMB black churches-Let me ask-what is Christianity doing for you & why is my race worshipping it when it has not shown any effectiveness stopping the hatred in your hearts for 250-350 yrs)
7.Scores of innumerable African-Americans locked up for little or no reason.

Oh, also on the fairness tip, Dwayne Goodrich- a former cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys, rightfully received a long prison sentence for killing two people, while drunk. You see, it's not really about race but fairness-Is it fair for Vick to lose his job, go to jail, while paying a record 200-250 million dollar fine(His football contract plus sneaker & endorsement deals)

Posted by: ArmchairGM | December 10, 2007 3:54 PM

Armchair GM, Vick did not pay a multimillion dollar fine. That was his salary that he lost when he lost his job for his illegal actions. The same way anyone else would lose their job when convicted. He just happens to make more money at his job than the average person. Which makes him even dumber for engaging in illegal activity.

Posted by: ep | December 10, 2007 5:03 PM

"Scores of innumerable African-Americans"?

Could you translate this for us, please? As written, it makes no sense. Thanks.

Posted by: MJ | December 10, 2007 6:33 PM

MJ, as a white college graduate, I don't think it's clever to question grammar when a commentor has made a political point. I can't speak for ArmchairGM and I don't agree with every one of his points. I do think that what he means by "Scores of innumerable African-Americans locked up for little or no reason" is that too many African-Americans are in jail for reasons that have less to do with public safety than with public prejudice.

Posted by: Doug | December 10, 2007 7:08 PM

Armchair GM, unfair sentences given to other black defendants is irrelevant and the hunting comparison is beyond stupid. Danilo is right. Vick is lucky. If the state had gone after him like they should have, Vick would be in prison for the rest of life. Even after getting lucky and agreeing to the plea bargain, Vick continued to lie to the feds which makes him the dumbest criminal around. Twenty-three months is a gift for what he did.

Posted by: Simon | December 10, 2007 8:42 PM

Let us not lie to the Feds. Let us make sure we celebrate our "freedom" propahlah.

Posted by: Doug | December 10, 2007 8:51 PM

But let me make sure I've got this right: Feds can torture human beings. They can destroy evidence of the torture they do - so that no Fed faces jail time. But what I need to be worried about is Michael Vick and dogfights and marijuana. OK, I think I'm starting to get it.

Posted by: Doug | December 10, 2007 9:02 PM

Welcome to America, Doug. In this country if you kill and/or torture domestic animals, you go to prison for long stretches. Ask the guy who threw a the dog into traffic in California and got 3 years, then again, you can't commit polygyny or married teenage girls under the age of 15 even if you are white.

The feds may torture, but they do it with the tacit agreement with the President, his government and the people who voted for him. Ultimately, the reason that the feds destroy torture tapes because they know that one day in the future that war crimes charges will be coming their way. Say that they are obeying orders won't save them from the electric chair.

Posted by: SImon | December 10, 2007 9:10 PM

Well, Simon, as one of those damnable critters who grew up during the Viet Nam war, I've got to say, "Go Michael!", and "Screw you, feds!".

Posted by: Doug | December 10, 2007 9:27 PM


Your attitude is the sort of thing that needs to be eradicated from society, bud. So just because the US tortures captives--a practice I don't agree with at all--you think that Mikey Vick should be allowed to torture and kill dogs?

Put down the crayons and close the coloring book. I hear your mama calling you to dinner.


Posted by: MJ | December 10, 2007 9:43 PM

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