Michael Vick has admitted that he and his three co-defendants killed dogs that did not fight well in documents filed on Friday with a federal court in Virginia.
Vick will appear in court on Monday, and Judge Henry E. Hudson will have the final say on his plea deal.
In the plea agreement, Vick will plead guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Travel in Interstate Commerce in Aid of Unlawful Activities and to Sponsor a Dog in an Animal Fighting Venture.”
Vick could be sentenced up to five years in prison and be fined $250,000. Federal prosecutors agreed to ask for the low end of the sentencing guidelines.
In a signed statement of facts, Vick admitted buying property that was used for dog fighting, but he said he did not gamble on the fights or receive any of the winnings.
“Vick did not gamble by placing side bets on any of the fights. Vick did not receive any of the proceeds from the purses that were won by ‘Bad Newz Kennels.’”
He said the money from the winnings were typically split between his co-defendants Tony Taylor, Quanis Phillips and sometimes Purnell Peace.
Vick also said that he, Peace, and Phillips caused the deaths of at least six dogs.
The statement said that the three tested some dogs in fighting sessions on Vick’s Virginia property in April. They agreed to kill approximately 6-8 dogs that did not perform well in the “testing” session. The dogs were killed in various ways which included hanging and drowning the dogs.
“Vick agrees and stipulates that these dogs all died as a result of the collective efforts of Peace, Phillips and Vick,” the summary said.