Michael Vick to Plead Guilty in Dogfighting Case

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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has accepted a plea deal with federal prosecutors over his involvement in a dogfighting case. Vick's lawyers said he would plead guilty at a hearing Aug. 27 in Richmond, Va.

Billy Martin, Vick's lead defense attorney, released a statement about the move:

"After consulting with his family over the weekend, Michael Vick asks that I announce today that he has reached an agreement with federal prosecutors regarding the charges pending against him. Mr. Vick has agreed to enter a plea of guilty to those charges and to accept full responsibility for his actions and the mistakes he has made.
"Mr. Vick wishes to apologize to everyone who has been hurt by this matter. The legal team and Mr. Vick will appear in court in Richmond on August 27."

Vick's guilty plea follows similar actions by his three co-defendants. Two of them pleaded guilty last Friday and said Vick financed gambling on dogfights at Vick's property in rural Virginia. One of them said Vick helped hang, drown and electrocute dogs that didn't perform well.

The terms of Vick's plea deal haven't been announced.



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