[Guest post by DRJ]
Michael Vick was sentenced to a 23 month prison term today, which was less than half his potential sentence of 5 years and slightly longer than the sentences assessed against his co-defendants:
“National Football League superstar Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison here on Monday for his role in a dogfighting ring. US District Judge Henry Hudson imposed the sentence, which exceeded that recommended by prosecutors under the agreement they reached when Vick pleaded guilty to conspiracy to operate a dogfighting enterprise across state lines.
The charge had carried a maximum of five years. Vick, 27, surrendered to authorities on November 19 and was already in jail. He has been indefinitely suspended by the NFL.
Vick, wearing a black and white prison jumpsuit, showed little emotion as Hudson pronounced the sentence, which also includes three years’ probation.
The explosively talented quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons sparked outrage across the United States when he admitted sharing responsibility in the slayings of six to eight dogs who had performed poorly in fights, including deaths by hanging, drowning and beating. Prosecutors said Vick bankrolled the operation.
Hudson had already sentenced two of Vick’s co-defendants, Purnell Peace and Quanis Phillips, to 18 and 21 months for conspiracy in the ring, and Vick still faces trial on Virgina state charges in the case.”
Earlier reports indicated the prosecutors offered to recommend a sentence of 18-36 months but Vick turned it down hoping for a sentence of less than one year.
Vick’s attorney hopes for an early release, which might mean he would be available to play football after missing the current season and next year – assuming the NFL lets him return.