Michael Vick’s co-defendants, Purnell Peace and Quanis Phillips were given their prison sentence on Friday by U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson for their involvement in an illegal dog fighting operation.
Peace was sentenced to 18 months in prison, Phillips was sentenced to 21 months in prison.
While imposing his sentence, Hudson said, “You may have thought this was sporting but it was very callous and cruel.”
Hudson chose to stay within federal sentencing guidelines when he handed down the prison sentences for Peace and Phillips. He could have sentenced the men up to five years in prison, if he found the circumstances warranted it.
Because Hudson stayed within federal sentencing guidelines, some legal experts said this may be good news for Vick.
Richmond criminal defense attorney Steve Benjamin said, “If Vick was hoping to get the lowest sentence possible, this is not a good indication that’s going to happen. But the most important news is that the judge stayed within the guideline range. All things considered, this was very good news for Vick.”
B.J. Bernstein, a criminal defense attorney in Atlanta, said that Vick could receive a harsher sentence because he did not cooperate with the investigation and he also financed the dog fighting operation.
Vick’s federal sentencing guidelines could increase depending on how a U.S. probation officer views the case and if Hudson agrees.
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