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Old 08-20-2007, 02:09 PM   #46
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Sources: Prosecutors offering Vick 18-36 months if he takes dog fighting plea


(CNN) -- Federal prosecutors have offered a plea deal recommending an 18- to 36-month prison sentence for suspended NFL quarterback Michael Vick for his alleged role in a dogfighting operation, but Vick's attorneys are trying to reduce that to less than a year, two sources told CNN on Monday.

Vick's attorneys hope to hear back from National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell's office sometime Monday about Vick's career options before entering into any deal with federal prosecutors, the sources said.

Vick's three codefendants in the dogfighting case have accepted agreements to plead guilty in exchange for reduced sentences.

If Vick doesn't accept a deal, he could face additional charges in the case on Monday, when a grand jury convenes in Richmond, Virginia.

The NFL is considering what, if any, sanctions they should impose on the 27-year-old suspended Atlanta Falcons player.

Court documents released last week showed that two of Vick's alleged partners said he helped kill dogs that didn't fight well, and that all three men "executed approximately eight dogs" in ways that included hanging and drowning.

The dogs were killed because they fared poorly in "testing" sessions in April at Vick's property in Virginia where the dogfighting venture was based, according to documents released following plea agreement hearings Friday for Purnell Peace, 35, of Virginia Beach, and Quanis Phillips, 28, of Atlanta.

A third man, Tony Taylor, 34, of Hampton, Virginia, already had his plea deal approved.

In the court documents, Peace and Phillips said that the money behind the Bad Newz Kennels dogfighting operation came "almost exclusively" from Vick, and they told prosecutors that other accusations in the 18-page indictment are true.
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ESPN is reporting Michael Vick has plead guilty.

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick accepted a plea deal Monday and lengthy prison sentence to avoid additional federal charges in a dogfighting case that has driven his NFL career to a halt.

"After consulting with his family over the weekend, Michael Vick has asked that I announce today that he has reached an agreement with federal prosecutors regarding charges pending against him," Vick attorney Billy Martin said in a statement.

"Mr. Vick has agreed to enter a plea of guilty to those charges and to accept full responsibility for his actions and the mistakes he has made. Michael wishes to apologize again to everyone who has been hurt by this matter.

All three of Vick's co-defendants have reached plea deals in the case. Vick had been facing a Nov. 26 trial date.
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It's also sounding likely that his suspension from the league will not start until after he serves his sentence. So it would probably mean 2010 that he's able to rejoin a team

IF a team would want him.
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Hasta La Vista Michael Vick. What a waste of talent.
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I'm curious if his lawyers were able to get the prison term down to only a year.

Hopefully the prosecution held firm.
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what a dumbass
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It's also sounding likely that his suspension from the league will not start until after he serves his sentence. So it would probably mean 2010 that he's able to rejoin a team

IF a team would want him.
I can't see any story arc that brings him back to the NFL. His reputation is shot.
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That LaDanian Tomlinson trade just gets better and better by the day
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According to ESPN, the terms of the agreement won't be announced until Aug 27; the day after his trial would have started.

It will be interesting to see how Goodell hands down the suspension.

If you listen closely you'll hear the sound of a NFL career going down the down the drain...
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I'm curious if his lawyers were able to get the prison term down to only a year.

Hopefully the prosecution held firm.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/law/08/20/vick/index.html

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Vick's attorneys have been negotiating with federal prosecutors over terms of the deal, which must be approved by the judge. While prosecutors can recommend a sentence, the decision ultimately rests with the judge.
I think I've read that this is a particularly tough judge.
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He will be in there for AT LEAST 2 years, and thats at minimum
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I think if he never pleaded guilty, he would of been innocent... I mean look...

Michael Jackson was on 17 charges, 17 CHARGES!, and he was found innocent for raping children.

Kobe was charged for rape, hes innocent..

OJ Simpson got charges for murdering his whole family, and tried to escape on his court date!!! and was found innocent..

If he didnt plead guilty, there would of been a 5% chance he would of been guilty..
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He will be in there for AT LEAST 2 years, and thats at minimum
Well, the previous CNN story quoted above by BonoManiac suggests that the prosecution was looking at a 18-24 months prison term, with Vick's lawyers trying to bring that down a bit. It's quite likely the term will be less than two years.

The other part of this is the gambling, which in the NFL is a lifetime ban.

Mark Cuban will be welcoming Vick to his new league in a few years...
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yahoo is saying up to 5, and noticing how the judge is strict, I think 2 years
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The number they're throwing around now is 12-18 months.
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