Vick gets 23 months in jail

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Michael Vick was sentenced to prison Monday for running a dogfighting operation and will stay there longer than two co-defendants, up to 23 months, because he lied about his involvement when he was supposed to be coming clean to the judge who would decide his fate.

Michael Vick could be released in the summer of 2009 with good behavior.  AP / File
AP / File
Michael Vick could be released in the summer of 2009 with good behavior.

The disgraced NFL star received a harsher sentence than the others in the federal conspiracy case because of "less than truthful" statements about killing pit bulls.

Vick said he accepted responsibility for his actions, but U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson said he wasn't so sure.

"I'm not convinced you've fully accepted responsibility," Hudson told Vick, who arrived in court wearing the black-and-white striped prison uniform he was issued when he voluntarily surrendered Nov. 19 to begin serving his sentence early.

Despite the early surrender, a public apology and participation in an animal sensitivity training course, Vick was denied an "acceptance of responsibility" credit that would have reduced his sentence. Federal prosecutors opposed awarding Vick the credit.

Dogs that did not perform up to expectations were killed by electrocution, hanging, drowning and other violent means by the dogfighting ring. Hudson said evidence, including statements by the co-defendants, showed Vick was more directly involved than he admitted. He also mentioned that Vick had been deceptive on a polygraph test. Though that evidence was not admissible in court, the results were discussed.

"He did more than fund it," prosecutor Michael Gill said, referring to the "Bad Newz Kennels" dogfighting operation. "He was in this thing up to his neck with the other defendants."

The judge agreed.

"You were instrumental in promoting, funding and facilitating this cruel and inhumane sporting activity," he said.

Flanked by defense attorneys, Vick spoke softly as he acknowledged using "poor judgment" and added, "I'm willing to deal with the consequences and accept responsibility for my actions."

Vick apologized to the court and his family members, who along with other supporters occupied most of two rows in the packed courtroom.

Although there is no parole in the federal system, with time off for good behavior Vick could be released in the summer of 2009.

"This was an efficient, professional, and thorough investigation that well exposed a seamy side of our society," U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg said in a statement. "I trust Mr. Vick learned important lessons and that his admission of guilt will speed his rehabilitation."

Two co-defendants were sentenced Nov. 30. Purnell Peace, of Virginia Beach, got 18 months. Quanis Phillips, of Atlanta, got 21 months. Another co-defendant, Tony Taylor, will be sentenced Friday.

All four men also are facing animal cruelty charges in Surry County Circuit Court. Trial has been set April 2 for Vick, March 5 for Phillips and Peace, and May 7 for Taylor.

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justus4
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justus4 12/11/07 - 06:17 am
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Mike is a true victim of a
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Mike is a true victim of a totally corrupted judical system. The judge didn't consider any of the millions he's lost or his future ability to earn a living. This is why justice is so subjective and unfair to minorities. Most judges are white. They truely have no respect or consideration for minorities, especially blacks. Its demonstrated every day, while most minorities watch feeling helpless. The judge say, "he's not remorseful & lied", thats an escape hatch to impose harsher punishment. (Most idiots don't know this) And about what? Dogfighting! And he was involved in killing several dogs. What about humans?! He did not murder a human which, in my view would warrant such punishment. (We've got REAL killers{from Civil Rgts era} walking among us) Last point: If there is ONE person who took a human life and got less than 2yrs, it demonstrates the misguided, subjective implimentation of justice , which in this case have failed Vick.

eeejay44
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eeejay44 12/11/07 - 06:46 am
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Hey justus4, Mike Vick didn't

Hey justus4, Mike Vick didn't consider the millions he could lose or his future ability to earn a living. And to name one person who took a human life and got less than 2 years, OJ Simpson! Oh yes, I know he was found innocent, but his recent actions in Las Vegas tell more of how he really is.

scooter32
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scooter32 12/11/07 - 06:59 am
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justus 4, i agree with you.

justus 4, i agree with you. that's just goes to show you that if white people can break you, they will.the judge didn't have to give mike vick 2 years , he could have went with probation. vick has already lost millions. why take him all the way down? why didn't those white people that killed all of our blacks who were slaves and other civil rights leaders be punished? that's why i tell any black male /female they better stay with their race cause the white folks will bring them down one way or the other.

scooter32
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scooter32 12/11/07 - 06:59 am
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justus 4, i agree with you.

justus 4, i agree with you. that's just goes to show you that if white people can break you, they will.the judge didn't have to give mike vick 2 years , he could have went with probation. vick has already lost millions. why take him all the way down? why didn't those white people that killed all of our blacks who were slaves and other civil rights leaders be punished? that's why i tell any black male /female they better stay with their race cause the white folks will bring them down one way or the other.

basedonmerit
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basedonmerit 12/11/07 - 07:02 am
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This is NOT a RACIAL issue.

This is NOT a RACIAL issue. Vick is a highly visible public figure that was involved in the type of activity that most young adults that get involved with these activities become hoodlums and gang members. By giving a light sentence to anyone involved with this type of activity sends the message that these activities "aren't that bad" thus putting more young adults at risk of getting involved with these and progressively worse activities that bring put our society at risk. Vick comes from such a background and he, unlike most, had a way out, he could have made a difference, but like his brother had to hold on to those attitudes and activities that plague our society today, so now he should pay for his actions and set an example for all those that think participation in violence based activities is alluring. Society did not fail Vick, he failed society, now lets see if he learns from it and uses this experience to help society or if he continues to try and walk the gray line.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/11/07 - 07:06 am
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Those mean ole white people.

Those mean ole white people. They sure wanted Micheal Vick to fail. Hey, didn't a mean ole white man hire Vick for all of those millions? And didn't mean ole white men force hundreds of millions on Vick for endorsements? Didn't mean ole white men lose many millions of dollars because of actions taken by Vick? Mean ole white men sure are dumb.

Doctor j. Dudleydoright
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Doctor j. Dudleydoright 12/11/07 - 07:54 am
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God Bless Judge Hudson for

God Bless Judge Hudson for not letting Vick slide. The one good thing about this is were he serves his time at they will have the best foot ball team in the Prison system

chatty814
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chatty814 12/11/07 - 08:13 am
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oh shut up Patricia Thomas, I

oh shut up Patricia Thomas, I agree with justus4 and for the record I AM WHITE. Mean white people made black people feel the way they do today toward whites. White man had to drag them from their native lands to slave for the white man and be raped by the white man and abused mentally and physically by the white man. Most white people make me sick anymore. I would much rather be associated with black people than white hippocrites like you Patricia Thomas.

sTiCkMaN
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sTiCkMaN 12/11/07 - 08:14 am
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blacks, whites, spanish, etc,

blacks, whites, spanish, etc, we are americans. until you understand that there will always be hate. besides this is a story about animal cruelty.... i thought?

sTiCkMaN
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sTiCkMaN 12/11/07 - 08:16 am
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chatty, i really hope you

chatty, i really hope you dont have kids.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/11/07 - 08:22 am
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chatty0814, you are a good

chatty0814, you are a good product of the government schools system that encourages white guilt through misinformation. The dem party appreciates your vote. Don't worry about associating with whites like me. We travel in different circles.

americanpie
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americanpie 12/11/07 - 08:35 am
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why does everything always

why does everything always end up being racial???? As long as these types of feelings continue--we will never be free--we will continue to be slaves--to our hate and bigotry. When we die and stand in judgement--will we be asked what our race is or will we be asked what type of life did we live??? Vick will still stand in judgement again and have to answer for what he has done. cruelty is still cruelty, whether it is an animal or not....

Bizarro
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Bizarro 12/11/07 - 08:40 am
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Free Vick! Free Vick! Free

Free Vick! Free Vick! Free Vick! There might be a job opening at Lakeside High. Chatty that is so funny. How many cultures have oppressed peoples and these people rally with dignity and overcome oppression. Besides our govt has made it illegal to discriminate and offer plenty of opportunities like free college with Pell grants, etc. Asians, Hispanics, Indians, etc come to our country and do well with all the opportunities. I live in an affluent neighborhood and at least half are black. Of course reality has nothing to do with mentalilty and many feel oppressed-it is like a mantra. There will always be hate because it is obviously easier to hate than to love. I guess you can love to hate.

chatty814
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chatty814 12/11/07 - 09:04 am
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Patricia Thomas you do not

Patricia Thomas you do not have to worry about me associating with whites like you because you disgust me, and by the way democrat, republican, it does not matter if you vote either, if they are not corrupt and crooks before they get in office you can bet they will be. As far as white guilt, I have nothing to be guilty about. Can you say the same? You are showing your true colors of hatred for the black people.

chatty814
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chatty814 12/11/07 - 09:06 am
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Stickman, I feel the same way

Stickman, I feel the same way about you with your narrow minded opinions, your poor brats.

chatty814
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chatty814 12/11/07 - 09:12 am
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bizarro, you want to talk

bizarro, you want to talk about hate, one should never try to oppress another to begin with. And as for the government making it illeagal to discriminate, discrimination happens everyday in some form or another even at government levels. Oh, by the way I live in an affluent neighborhood too around many blacks and whites. But I will take the Black people over the white people any day of the week.

oldhampshire
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oldhampshire 12/11/07 - 09:15 am
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White/Black? Oh yeah.....I

White/Black? Oh yeah.....I must be on a forum on the Augusta Chronicle! Rumor has it that the new slogan should be changed to augustachronicle.com....."where it's always a black and white issue"

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/11/07 - 09:34 am
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chatty, until we as a society

chatty, until we as a society learn to ignore the people that have such a narrow(and in your case-guilty) view we'll never move on. So, consider yourself ignored.

september 5th
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september 5th 12/11/07 - 09:35 am
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michael "convick" is not the

michael "convick" is not the first person to participate in dog fighting! it is sad when a woman can shoot her preacher husband in the back cold blooded, take the children to the beach and serve only 7 months in jail..but a man has to do 23 months for being mean and cruel to an animal...who had fried chicken or barbequed ribs or saute'd shrimp for dinner last nite? haha

chatty814
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chatty814 12/11/07 - 09:46 am
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It would be welcomed to be

It would be welcomed to be ignored by you patricia thomas. What a relief to know that I do not have to hear from a racist and hippocrite anymore. HOORAHH

grits
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grits 12/11/07 - 09:48 am
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It is a shame when someone

It is a shame when someone can only see black or white in reerence to ANY issue. This issue is not about race. Anyway, we cannot change the past, we must look to the future and treat others as we want to be treated. I do not understand why some folks want to stay stuck in the past. Get an education, get a job and become productive citizens. GO to church and get saved - give your life to Christ and live the way God wants you too.

chatty814
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chatty814 12/11/07 - 09:49 am
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I agree with you December

I agree with you December 11th, it is sad to know that a person gets more time for killing a dog than another human being. Just goes to show you what values our judicial system has.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 12/11/07 - 09:57 am
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So chatty you admit you are

So chatty you admit you are bigoted against white people and you HATE white folks, and you dare call Patricia a bigot and racist. Weird. Grits you should change your moniker to truegrit because you are right on brother (or sister).

critter
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critter 12/11/07 - 09:59 am
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Good for the judge. I think

Good for the judge. I think this is a long enough sentence to be serious, but still leaves Vick with time to redeem himself and rejoin the NFL if the commissioner allows. It's a tough path, no doubt, but nobody put Vick on it but himself.

natep
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natep 12/11/07 - 10:01 am
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Chatty, it is "hypocrite" not

Chatty, it is "hypocrite" not "hippocrite." Just thought you might want to know.

chatty814
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chatty814 12/11/07 - 10:09 am
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bizarro, I never said I hate

bizarro, I never said I hate white people..and natep I know how to spell I just do it to push you idiots buttons. Works huh!!!!!!

natep
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natep 12/11/07 - 10:17 am
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That wasn't very nice Chatty.

That wasn't very nice Chatty. I was just trying to help you not look more ignorant that you already are.

chey
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chey 12/11/07 - 10:18 am
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Chatty, I doubt you're white.

Chatty, I doubt you're white. True, back a long long time ago, some white people did bad things, but it's not "white" peoples fault. It's the individual. With your stance Chatty, it's like saying it's ok for a black person to murder a white person because of what some white people did back in the day. So, therefore, they were so angry and hurt that they did this and they should get away with it. You're just pretty stupid Chatty.

chatty814
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chatty814 12/11/07 - 10:29 am
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rocknnut, I did not say it is

rocknnut, I did not say it is white peoples fault that black people do some of the things they do, so you are really showing your stupidity as well. And I da_ _ sure did not say that it is ok for a black person to murder a white person, just as it is not ok for a white person to murder a black person. As for you natep it is your ignorance that is shining through, get over yourself you idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

intheknow
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intheknow 12/11/07 - 10:34 am
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eejay44, i guess you forgot

eejay44, i guess you forgot robert blake

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