Vick, Michael - Associated Materials (2007, 2008)
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Disgraced NFL quarterback Michael Vick now faces state dogfighting charges in Surry County, Virginia after pleading guilty to a federal dogfighting conspiracy charge. The state counts include one count of beating or killing or causing dogs to fight another and one count of engaging in or promoting dogfighting, both of which are 5-year felonies. Vick faces a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison at his December 10th sentencing hearing for the federal conviction. Below are the federal statement of facts that accompanied Vick's plea and a copy of the federal indictment.
On August 31, 2007, the Court entered an order forfeiting the defendant pitbull dogs to the United States pursuant to 7 U.S.C. §2156(f). The government now seeks the appointment of a guardian/special master to advise the Court as to the appropriate final disposition of the remaining 48 dogs. The United States moved the Court to appoint Rebecca J. Huss, Professor of Law at Valparaiso University School of Law, as the guardian/special master.
In October, Professor Huss was appointed Guardian/Special Master. Her December report recommending the disposition of each pit bull involved in the case as well as the court's order to that effect are linked below.
Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison for his role in the dogfighting conspiracy. As part of his sentencing provisions, he is prohibited from possessing, purchasing, or selling any canines during his supervised release. He also must pay a fine of $5,000.
In November of 2008, Vick entered a plea agreement related to the state charges. Per the agreement, Vick pleaded guilty to Dog Fighting in violation of Virginia Code 3.1-796(A)(1),(4) & (5) and the Commonwealth agreed to dismiss the remaining charge of Cruelty to Animals in violation of 3.1-796.122. Vick agreed to serve 3 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections and pay a fine of $2,500. Of this sentence, the 3 year term and fine is suspended provided Vick "remain(s) of uniform good behavior for a term of (4) four years."
Stipulation and Plea Agreement for the Circuit Court of Surry County, Virginia - 11/25/2008 (pdf file - 62.03 KB)
Defense Motion to Allow Defendant Micheal Vick to Enter a Plea Via Two-Way Electronic Video - 10/14/2008 (pdf file - 213.27 KB )
Sentencing Minutes from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia - 12/10/2007 (pdf file 78.48 KB).
Order as to the Disposition of the Pitbulls for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia - signed 12/06/2007 (pdf file 97.10 KB)
Motion by the United States for Order as to Final Disposition of the Pitbulls - 12/04/2007 (pdf file 38.55 KB)
Report of the Guardian/Special Master - 12/03/2007 (pdf file 121.45 KB)
Motion for Second Order as to Disposition and Appointing Guardian/Special Master - filed 10/15/2007 (pdf file 33.08 KB)
Second Order as to Disposition and Appointing Guardian/Special Master - filed 10/15/2007 (pdf file 42.15 KB)
Federal Summary of Facts that accompanied Vick's plea for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia - filed 08/24/2007 (pdf file 272.87 KB).
Vick's federal indictment for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia - filed 07/17/2007 (pdf file 512.68 KB).