Cohort: Vick Was Money Man for Dogfights

Co-defendant pleads guilty, spills to prosecutors
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Jul 31, 2007 5:41 AM CDT
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick arrives at the 4th District Federal Courthouse in Richmond, Va., on Thursday, July 26, 2007. Vick pleaded not guilty to federal dogfighting charges and was released...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Falcons Quarterback Michael Vick financed the dogfighting ring busted on his Virginia property, his co-defendant told prosecutors yesterday. Tony Taylor entered a guilty plea for his role in Bad Newz Kennels, the organization Vick allegedly used to train and fight dogs, Bloomberg reports. Taylor's cooperation wasn't based on a specific sentencing deal, he told the AP. 

Vick put up the money for Bad Newz Kennels and funded fight wagers, Taylor said in a statement. The illegal bouts resulted in the death of several animals, due either to injuries or euthanasia by "drowning, hanging, beating, shooting, or electrocution," according to indictments against the men.  Vick faces up to six years in federal prison if convicted. (Read more Michael Vick stories.)