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Vick to serve less than a year for torturing and killing dogs

December 10, 2007 - Amy Jo Hanna-Eckenrode
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Michael Vick, once one of the highest paid players in the National Football League, has been sentenced. According to reports on, Vick received 23 months in prison today for his role in bankrolling a dogfighting ring and helping to torture and kill 8 dogs that didn’t perform to standards.

23 months for torturing and killing dogs and forcing them to fight. He has already served 1 month. Two of his pals that turned on him, Purnell Peace and Quanis Phillips, were sentenced to 18 and 21 months respectively. The third, Tony Taylor, will be sentenced Friday.

23 months. Vick had faced a maximum of five years in prison. (23 months vs. 5 years). Federal sentencing guidelines recommended a sentence of 12 to 18 months.

While Vick has agreed to pay more than $928,000 for the care of some 54 pit bulls seized from his property that somehow managed to live, prosecutors were quick to disclose the extent of Vick's financial ruin. According to court documents, the Atlanta Falcons are attempting to recoup bonus money from his 10-year, $130 million football contract, Vick is in default on a $1.3 million bank loan for a wine store, and two other banks have filed suits seeking repayment of a $4.5 million in loans and lines of credit.

In addition, Vick's home in the Atlanta area is on the market for $4.5 million, prosecutors said in court papers. The Virginia home where the dogfighting operation was based, assessed at nearly $750,000, is on the auction block, according to reports published over the weekend.

How much money do you think those dogs will see for their care?

Vick and three co-defendants still face trial on state dogfighting charges in Virginia. All carry five-year maximum sentences. Yeah, so did the federal charges.

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