Michael Vick, ex-quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, was sentenced to 23 months in prison this morning for financing "Bad Newz Kennels," his dogfighting operation, and viciously killing dogs that his kennel used in fights. He was also ordered to pay more than $928,000 for the care of the 54 dogs seized from his property.
Michael Vick, ex-quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, was sentenced to 23 months in prison this morning for financing "Bad Newz Kennels," his dogfighting operation, and viciously killing dogs that his kennel used in fights. He was also ordered to pay more than $928,000 for the care of the 54 dogs seized from his property. ALDF applauds U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson's sentence, as it exceeds the 12-18 month sentence recommend by the U.S. Attorney, and it takes into account the cost of care for the dogs rescued from Vick's fighting operation.
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Michael Vick pasará 23 meses tras las rejas por el delito de organización de peleas de perros; su carrera luce acabada.
Vick aceptó que careció de buen juicio, y añadió: Estoy dispuesto a enfrentar las consecuencias y a aceptar la responsabilidad de mis acciones.
Activistas se manifestaron fuera de la corte en Virginia para escuchar la sentencia al mariscal de campo. Desde las ocho horas, unas 50 personas esperaban fuera de la corte a que se abrieran las puertas. Unas dos docenas de ellos en favor de los derechos de animales permanecieron sobre la banqueta con pancartas que contenían fotos de perros heridos y las frases Denuncien a los que dañan perros y Los perros merecen justicia.
Tras salir positivo por marihuana -una violación de su libertad condicional-, Vick fue puesto bajo observación y monitoreado de cerca. Comenzó a servir su sentencia voluntariamente de modo anticipado, y desde el 19 de noviembre se encuentra recluido en la cárcel de Warsaw, Virgina.
línea de tiempo
25 de abril
El caso comenzó cuando una investigación por drogas en contra de un primo de Vick llevó a las autoridades a una propiedad del ex mariscal de campo en Surry County, Virginia. La policía inspeccionó la casa, en la cual encontraron, entre otras cosas, 66 perros (la mayoría de los cuales eran de la raza pit bull), un sitio fabricado para realizar peleas de perros, enormes manchas de sangre en las alfombras y equipamiento comúnmente asociado con peleas caninas.
28 de mayo
Una fuente confidencial dijo a ESPN que él llevaba 30 años inmiscuido en peleas de perros y señaló a Michael Vick como uno de los hombres importantes por las sumas que apostaba.
18 de julio
La Sociedad Humanitaria envió a la NFL una acusación de 18 páginas en la que asegura que Michael Vick tuvo que ver con el maltrato a perros de raza pit bull, al haberse involucrado en peleas de estos canes. Ese mismo día, los Halcones de Atlanta le solicitaron a Vick ausentarse voluntariamente de los campos de entrenamiento.
21 de agosto
Vick aceptó un acuerdo para declararse culpable de los cargos federales que recaían en su contra por las peleas de perros. Se habló de una pena máxima de hasta cinco años de prisión.
21 de noviembre
Vick se entregó y desde ese día ha estado detenido; ayer se le dictaron 23 meses en la cárcel.
Michael Vick Earns 23 Months in Prison
December 10, 2007
Today, fallen NFL star Michael Vick faced the music at his sentencing for dogfighting crimes in a Richmond, Va., federal court.
"You were instrumental in organizing and promoting this activity," U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson told Vick, according to Bloomberg.com. Hudson sentenced the former player to 23 months in a federal prison and three years probation.
"He was in this thing up to his neck with the other defendants," the judge told Forbes.com.
Vick's sentencing comes four months after he pleaded guilty to federal dogfighting charges and ten days after Judge Hudson sentenced two of his codefendants, Purnell Peace and Quanis Phillips, to 18 and 21 months respectively.
While all four men participated in the crimes detailed in the caseincluding the electrocution and hanging of poorly-performing fighting dogsVick's name focused the nation's attention on the realities and pervasiveness of dogfighting.
|With law enforcement cracking down on dogfighters, things are looking up for pit bulls.|
John Goodwin, Manager of Animal Fighting Issues for The HSUS, stated, "We commend Judge Hudson for sending a strong message to animal fighting criminals: Dogfighting is a dead-end activity that carries meaningful penalties."
Bad for Fighters, Good for Dogs
While dogfighting has proved bad business for Michael Vick and his cohorts, the increased public awareness of the blood sport and a determination to stop it may yet prove beneficial to the millions of pit bulls bred and abused for dogfighting every year.
As reports of dogfighting are on the rise across the country, legislatures in at least 25 states will consider bills in 2008 to increase the penalties for those convicted of animal fighting. Congress is also considering legislation to further crack down on dogfighters.
We look forward to building upon these efforts to save the countless thousands of dogs abused and killed every year in bloody animal fighting activities in the United states.
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Michael Vick: Sentenced to 23 Months
A Victory for Animals!
Judge Henry Hudson
2100 Jamieson Ave
Assistant U.S. Attorney General Michael Gill
600 East Main Street, Suite 1800
|Dear Nuria Querol Vinas:
Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison and three years probation this morning for his role in the "Bad Newz Kennels" dogfighting operation and his participation in the brutal killing of several dogs that did not "perform well". During his sentencing the suspended football star apologized to the court and his family. However, Judge Henry Hudson told him, "You need to apologize to the millions of young people who looked up to you"
In August, Michael Vick entered a plea agreement stating that he took part in an illegal, interstate.
Vick said he knew dogs that did not perform well were killed. He said the fights involved gambling although he did not personally place bets. To read the full text of the plea submitted by Michael Vick click
Judge Hudson called Vick's actions "cruel and inhumane" and said that Vick was a full partner in "Bad Newz Kennels" and was therefore equally culpable in all crimes committed. Two of Vick's codefendants were sentenced last week; Purnell Peace and Quanis Phillips, received 18 and 21 months respectively. The final defendant in this case, Tony Taylor, will be sentenced this Friday. "
In August, Michael Vick entered a plea agreement stating that he took part in an illegal, interstate dogfighting enterprise. In documents filed, Vick said he knew dogs that did not perform well were killed. He said the fights involved gambling although he did not personally place bets. To read the full text of the plea submitted by Michael Vick click here.
Two of Vick's codefendants were sentenced last week; Purnell Peace and Quanis Phillips, received 18 and 21 months respectively.
The final defendant in this case, Tony Taylor, will be sentenced this Friday.
Prior to the sentencing today Assistant U.S. Attorney General Michael Gill asked Judge Hudson to sentence Michael Vick to jail time at the high end of the guideline range of 18-24 months.
Write to the Honorable Judge Henry Hudson and Assistant U.S. Attorney General Michael Gill and thank them for taking a strong stance against dogfighting.
Thank you for taking a strong stance in the sentencing of Michael Vick and his codefendants. Your comments and your stedfast adherence to the law send a clear message to dogfighters across the country that these illegal and immoral activities will not go unpunished."