Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick took the above mugshot today as he arrived in court to enter his plea of guilty in Virginia State Court. Vick, currently serving a 23-month sentence in Leavenworth, Kansas on federal charges of bankrolling a dogfighting ring at a home he owned in eastern Virginia’s rural Surry County, may be eligible to leave prison early and potentially return to pro football.
Vick, 28, arrived wearing a gray suit and wrist and ankle shackles, but the restraints were removed by the time he entered his plea. The one-time Atlanta Falcons star also pleaded not guilty to a count of cruelty to animals, but that charge was dropped under his plea deal.
He received a three-year suspended sentence – far less than the maximum of 10 years he could have faced.
“I want to apologize to the court, my family, and to all the kids who looked up to me as a role model,” Vick told the judge.
Vick’s mother Brenda Boddie, brother Marcus Vick and fiancee Kijafa Frink walked in together and sat together in the front row of the gallery with other family and friends. Vick’s mother declined to comment to reporters but Marcus Vick acknowledged the family was glad the ordeal was nearly over. (Source)
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