Embattled Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has signed a plea agreement where he admits to conducting an enterprise including gambling and the sponsoring and transporting of dogs in dogfighting operations.
He is expected to formally enter his plea on Monday in U.S. District Court in
The former Pro Bowl selection did not admit to killing any dogs personally or gambling on the fights. The summary of facts accompanying the plea agreement said Vick was aware four dogs were killed in 2002 and six to eight dogs were killed this past April as a result of the "collective efforts" of Vick and two of his co-defendants.
According to the agreement, Vick and his co-defendants -- Tony Taylor, Quanis Phillips and Purnell Peace -- "rolled" or "tested" Bad Newz Kennels dogs in 2002 by putting them through fighting sessions to determine which ones were good fighters.
"Vick was aware that Phillips, Peace and
As for the gambling allegations, the summary said Vick did not gamble "by placing side bets on any of the fights" and did not receive any of the proceeds from the purses. But the summary also states that most of the Bad Newz Kennels' operation and gambling monies were provided by Vick and the quarterback and his three co-defendants claimed purses when their dogs won fights.
The maximum penalties for Vick are five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, full restitution, a special assessment and three years of supervised release but he is expected to receive less jail time for signing the deal.
Vick is expected to receive 12 to 18 months in prison according to multiple media sources.