Vick to Plead Guilty to Dogfighting-Related Charges It appears one of the biggest stars in football is heading to prison. A lawyer for the National Football League's Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick says his client will plead guilty to felony charges related to dogfighting. He will formally enter his plea at a court hearing on Monday.
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Vick to Plead Guilty to Dogfighting-Related Charges

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Vick to Plead Guilty to Dogfighting-Related Charges

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RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

Here's NPR's Tom Goldman.

TOM GOLDMAN: Prosecutors reportedly will recommend 12 to 18 months in prison. That's considered tough for defendants like Vick, with no prior criminal record. Judge Hudson doesn't have to follow the recommendation. Attorney Shawn Wright doesn't think Hudson will be influenced by angry, animal-loving citizens calling for Vicks head. Wright is a criminal defense lawyer who worked for years with Billy Martin.

SHAWN WRIGHT: There are people that have committed voluntary or involuntary manslaughter and we want blood because they've killed someone, and some of them have served less than a year in jail. So you have the media outcries there, and this is a standup judge and he's going to do what's right.

GOLDMAN: The number one draft pick in 2001, Vick was promoted as the future of the NFL, a talented, running quarterback who would redefine the position. He was the toast of the league and Atlanta. In this clip from an ESPN feature, an Atlanta interviewer got up close and personal with the city's football superstar.

(SOUNDBITE ESPN BROADCAST)

V: Tell me three things that people may not know about Michael Vick.

MICHAEL VICK: Three things? I love animals, I love fishing, and I'm a mama's boy.

GOLDMAN: Tom Goldman, NPR News.

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