Michael Vick Could Be Getting Out Of Jail In January
Posted by Mike on November 25, 2008
Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick pleaded guilty Tuesday to a state dogfighting charge, a move that could make him eligible to leave prison early and potentially speed up a return to pro football.
Vick, 28, arrived wearing wrist and ankle shackles, but they were removed by the time he entered the courtroom. The former Atlanta Falcons star also pleaded not guilty to a count of cruelty to animals, but that count was dropped under his plea deal.
He’s scheduled for release on July 20, 2009, and will serve three years of probation. The latest plea is important because it resolves the remaining charges against him, which is required under federal law if he is to move into a halfway house. He received a three-year suspended sentence Tuesday.
Vick was expressionless for most of the hearing, but did offer an apology.
“I want to apologize to the court, my family, and to all the kids who looked up to me as a role model,” Vick told the judge.
Since the conviction, he has landed in bankruptcy court after losing nearly all of his record-breaking $130 million from a 10-year contract he signed with Atlanta in December 2004
On another note, Vick did not file his tax returns for 2007.