Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has accepted a plea deal to avoid additional federal charges related to a professional dog fighting operation, according to one of Vick’s attorneys.
Vick’s D.C.-based attorney, William R. Martin, made the announcement in a written statement released by his office this afternoon. Martin said that Vick accepted full responsibility for his actions and decided over the weekend to accept the plea deal. Martin also added that Vick apologizes to everyone who has been hurt by this matter.
Vick will enter a guilty plea to the felony conspiracy charge next Monday at 10:30 a.m., said Lawrence Woodward, one of Vick’s defense attorneys.
“Mike’s accepting full responsibility,” Woodward said. “He’s going to do everything he can personally and professionally to make this situation right.”
By pleading guilty, Vick will avoid more serious charges related to the dog fighting operation called “Bad Newz Kennels.” His other three co-defendants said Vick almost entirely funded the operation.
The details of the plea deal are not immediately clear. According to two sources, the deal is expected to include a recommendation from prosecutors that Vick serve at least a year in prison.
The federal judge, Henry E. Hudson, has the final decision in sentencing.
Also, it is unclear how the NFL will discipline Vick. The league is still working on its review of Vick’s case.
“We’re going to do what we always said we were going to do, which is rely on the facts,” Goodell [NFL Commissioner] said. “If there is some type of a plea agreement, then we will obviously take the time to understand what that plea is and we’ll see how it fits into our personal conduct (policy).”