Vick Seeks Deal on State Dogfighting Charges

Guilty plea could clear way for ex-quarterback to move to halfway house
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2008 1:48 AM CDT
One of three dogs removed from a house owned by former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick.   (AP Photo/Daily Press, Joe Fudge/file)
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(Newser) – Disgraced former Falcons quarterback MIchael Vick plans to plead guilty to state dogfighting charges in a bid to win early release, the Virginian-Pilot reports. Vick, currently doing time in a federal pen for his part in an interstate dogfighting ring, is charged with felony counts of dogfighting and cruelty to animals in Virginia, but would not serve extra time under the deal.

With the state charges settled, Vick would be eligible to move into a halfway house as early as January, making it easier for him to seek reinstatement to the NFL. Vick has vowed to return to football—but the league suspended him indefinitely after his role in the dogfighting ring was discovered, and the Falcons have made it clear they don't want him back.