Embattled Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick this morning will be in federal court in Richmond, Virginia to formally enter a guilty plea to one felony conspiracy count in a federal dogfighting case. Vick’s lawyers last week entered into the negotiated plea, with prosecutors recommending that Vick spend at least a year in prison. The maximum sentence he could get is five years in prison and a 250-thousand-dollar fine. Sentencing will be later and will be determined by Federal Judge Henry Hudson, who is known as a no-nonsense jurist.
Vick today is expected to admit that he financed and took part in a dogfighting ring at his property in Surry County, Virginia. The severity of Vick’s sentence will be linked to how much he and his three co-defendants cooperate with the government and if they are willing to implicate others who operate dogfighting rings. On Friday, the NFL suspended Vick indefinitely and without pay as a result of the signed plea agreement the quaterback filed. In that agreement, Vick also admitted to killing six to eight dogs in April of this year.