The DOGS get their Day in Court - Justice is Served!
Vick sentenced to 23 months for dogfighting
Star QB tells judge he's 'willing to accept responsibility for my actions'
RICHMOND, Va. - Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison Monday for his role in a dogfighting conspiracy that involved gambling and killing pit bulls.
The suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback could have been sentenced up to five years by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson. Vick, who turned himself in Nov. 19 in anticipation of his sentence, was wearing a black-and-white striped prison suit.
After Vick apologized to the court and his family, Hudson told him: “You need to apologize to the millions of young people who looked up to you.”
Federal rules governing time off for good behavior could reduce Vick’s prison stay by about three months, resulting in a summer 2009 release.
Vick was suspended without pay by the NFL and lost all his lucrative endorsement deals.
Two of Vick’s co-defendants were sentenced Nov. 30. Purnell Peace of Virginia Beach got 18 months, Quanis Phillips of Atlanta 21 months. Another co-defendant, Tony Taylor, will be sentenced Friday.
THANKS, Judge Hudson, for setting the penalty above the minimum.
We need a few more Judges who treat dogfighting as the Serious CRIME that it is!
/s/ :) Phred
don't know how i feel about this, but
he rolled over on vick, i'm glad vick is serving, but 2 months doesn't strike me as enough...By LARRY O'DELL, Associated Press Writer
RICHMOND, Va. - The man who provided prosecutors most of the information that led to Michael Vick's downfall was sentenced to two months in prison Friday for his role in the NFL star's dogfighting ring.
Tony Taylor of Hampton helped establish Vick's "Bad Newz Kennels" operation and joined in killing dogs but later became the government's chief informant in the case, prosecutor Michael Gill said at Taylor's 10-minute sentencing hearing.
"He was the most significant source of information in this case," Gill told U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson. "He did not hesitate in any way."
Gill said it would have taken the government significantly longer to build a case against Vick and his three co-defendants had it not been for Taylor, who provided details of more than half of the "overt acts" outlined in the indictment.
Vick, who financed the operation, was sentenced Monday to 23 months in prison for a dogfighting conspiracy Purnell Peace of Virginia Beach and Quanis Phillips of Atlanta previously were sentenced to 18 months and 21 months, respectively.
Gill asked Hudson to sentence Taylor only to probation because of his cooperation. Hudson agreed that Taylor was entitled to some leniency, but he said he did not believe such a "gross disparity" in sentencing between Taylor and the other defendants was appropriate.
"You were as much an abuser of animals as any other defendant in this case," Hudson said.
Taylor apologized for his crime.
"I realize those were inhumane and stupid decisions I did make," Taylor told the judge.
Taylor's attorney, Stephen A. Hudgins, urged Hudson to consider Taylor's good behavior since leaving the dogfighting enterprise in 2004.
"He left behind everybody involved with that and did not get back involved in that activity," Hudgins said.
All four men initially pleaded not guilty. Taylor changed his plea on July 30 and agreed to cooperate with the government in its prosecution of the others. Peace and Phillips soon changed their pleas as well, and Vick followed suit on Aug. 23.
Taylor scouted for a location for the dogfighting operation in 2001 and recommended a 15-acre tract in Surry County, in rural southeastern Virginia. Vick paid about $34,000 for the property the following year.
In a summary of facts that accompanied his plea agreement, Taylor said he maintained and trained the dogs for about three years. He admitted executing two dogs, shooting one and electrocuting the other, when they did not perform well in test fights.
Vick received a harsher sentence than Peace and Phillips after Hudson concluded that the suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback lied about his direct involvement in killing dogs and about his marijuana use, which was detected in a drug test.
Taylor said he left the operation after a falling out with Phillips and others.
Vick sent to Kansas prison camp
I think it's wrong that he gets out early if he completes drug rehab. He should do all the time.
Vick Finishing 23-Month Term in Kansas
By KRISTEN GELINEAU | Associated Press Writer
3:51 PM CST, January 7, 2008
RICHMOND, Va. - Michael Vick left Virginia on Monday and was transferred to a Kansas prison to serve the rest of his 23-month sentence on a federal dogfighting charge. The suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback is at the federal prison camp in Leavenworth, Kan., said Traci Billingsley, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Vick plans to enter a drug treatment program at Leavenworth, and a successful completion of the program may allow him to be released after serving 12 months, Yahoo! Sports reported.
Billingsley said federal prison records wouldn't immediately show if an inmate was accepted into such a program.
Vick was accompanied by U.S. marshals when he left the Northern Neck Regional Jail on Monday morning, said Maj. Ted Hull of the Warsaw, Va., jail.
Messages left with Billy Martin, Vick's lead attorney, were not immediately returned.
Vick and three co-defendants raised pit bulls and trained them for fighting behind the property he owned in rural Surry County. Several dogs that did not perform well in test fights were executed.
The 27-year-old player pleaded guilty in August, admitting he bankrolled the dogfighting operation and helped kill six to eight dogs. He had been held at the Warsaw jail since he surrendered Nov. 19 in anticipation of his sentence.
Vick was suspended without pay by the NFL, lost all his lucrative endorsement deals and has additional legal woes: He and co-defendants Purnell Peace, Quanis Phillips and Tony Taylor are facing state animal cruelty charges in Surry County. Vick's trial is set for April 2.