Finally, the end of the Michael Vick episode has pretty much come to closure. SportsTicker reports that the suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback on Monday was sentenced to 23 months in prison for his role in a dogfighting operation. Vick learned his fate from United States District Judge Henry E. Hudson; in addition, Vick received 3 years’ probation.
Hudson’s ruling was actually harsher than expected under federal guidelines which call for between a year to 18 months for that particular offense. As part of Vick’s plea agreement, he will be unable to appeal Hudson’s ruling; Vick will receive a 1 month credit of served time after he reported to prison on November 19. The only legal – not civil, which is a different matter – issue remaining are the state dogfighting charges which Vick will have to deal with. Stay tuned for that.