Suspended Falcons quarterback Michael Vick will go before a federal judge today in Virginia to be sentenced on dogfighting charges. Vick could get as many as five years in prison, the maximum provided by law. Judges, however, typically follow sentencing guidelines, and in Vick’s case that means 12-to-18 months. Judge Henry Hudson has reserved four hours for government and defense lawyers to make their case.
Vick himself is expected to address the court. He is hoping the judge will take note of the fact that he voluntarily started serving prison time three weeks ago. One thing not in Vick’s favor is that Judge Hudson and his wife are dog lovers, especially West Highland Terriers. Vick pled guilty to federal dogfighting conspiracy charges in an August plea bargain. He was arrested earlier this year after federal agents raided his Bad Newz Kennels in Surry County, Virginia.