Vick plea agreement is filed

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Prosecutors will recommend that NFL quarterback Michael Vick receive a prison sentence on the low end of the federal sentencing guideline range of 12 to 18 months.

The recommendation comes in a plea agreement filed in federal court in Virginia today, in which Vick admits his involvement in a dogfighting ring.

In a summary of facts in the case, Vick admits to bankrolling Bad Newz Kennels and its gambling operation. He also admits to participating in the execution of dogs that did not perform well in testing sessions.

The summary says Vick did not place bets himself, nor did he receive any winnings.

Vick is scheduled to formally enter the plea Monday. The judge in the case is not bound by the sentence recommendations. The charges are punishable by as much as five years in prison.

Vick's attorney says his client's role "was different" than that of his three co-defendants in the case, and he would try to explain that to the court.


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