Michael Vick To Plead Guilty In Dog Fighting Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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Michael Vick's lawyer isn't disclosing any details of the plea agreement Vick is entering into. He also won't say how much time the Atlanta Falcons quarterback can expect to serve in prison.

Attorney Billy Martin announced today in Virginia that Vick has agreed to plead guilty to federal dogfighting conspiracy charges. The offense could bring up to five years in prison and a quarter-million-dollar fine.

A hearing is set for Monday of next week. Vick's three co-defendants have all reached plea deals of their own.

According to Martin, salvaging Vick's NFL career was never a part of the discussions with prosecutors. He says the most important thing is to get Vick's life "back on track."

The NFL says in a statement that it condemns the conduct outlined in the charges. It says the conduct is "inconsistent" with what Vick had told the league and the Falcons.

The announcement came as a grand jury met in private. Prosecutors had said a superseding indictment was in the works. But the plea will probably mean Vick won't face additional charges.

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