Vick Draws Suspended Sentence

Falcons star pleads guilty in dog-fighting case
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Nov 25, 2008 12:59 PM CST
Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick arrives at the the Virginia courthouse to plead guilty.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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(Newser) – Michael Vick pleaded guilty to state dog-fighting charges today in an agreement that could let him out of jail and back in the NFL sooner, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Vick—already serving a 23-month federal sentence in Kansas—agreed to a 3-year suspended prison term in the Virginia case, making him eligible for an early release.

The Falcons quarterback read a statement as his family and fiancee listened in court. He said he was “very remorseful,” particularly to kids he "let down as a role model.” Once the state case is settled, Vick's scheduled July 20 release may change and he could be moved to a halfway house. He still faces an indefinite ban from the NFL.