Vick Signs Guilty Plea, Denies Killing Dogs

Disgraced QB admits sponsoring dogfighting, promoting gambling
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2007 12:08 PM CDT

(Newser) – Michael Vick admits sponsoring a dogfighting operation and denies killing dogs but acknowledges that dogs were killed through his and two co-defendants' "collective efforts," according to the plea agreement the disgraced Falcons QB signed yesterday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. He also acknowledges promoting gambling but denies being a party to side bets at dogfights.

Vick has agreed to plead guilty to a single conspiracy count and faces up to 18 months in prison under federal guidelines, but the judge in the case is known for tough sentencing. The agreement was filed in federal court in Richmond, an unusual move because Vick isn't scheduled to enter his plea until Monday, the Washington Post reports.