The following contains links to the materials associated with Michael Vick's federal and state indictments for dogfighting.
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."