Michael Vick turned himself over to U.S. Marshals today to begin serving his prison sentence immediately for a dog fighting conspiracy charge.
Vick is scheduled to be sentenced December 10, but instead he surrendered himself three weeks before his court date because he was anticipating a prison term.
One of Vick’s lawyer issued this statement, “From the beginning, Mr. Vick has accepted responsibility for his actions, and his self-surrender further demonstrates that acceptance. Michael wants to again apologize to everyone who has been hurt in this matter and he thanks all of the people who have offered him and his family prayers and support during this time.”
Until his sentencing, Vick will be held at Northern Neck Regional Jail.
The order stated that Vick was taken into custody â€œbased solely on his desire to begin his period of incarceration prior to his sentencing hearing and not because of violation of any condition of his bond.â€
Vick is facing a recommended jail sentence of 12 to 18 months, although U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson can sentence Vick to up to five years in prison if he chooses.
One newspaper stated that by starting his sentence earlier, Vick may be giving himself more time to prepare for a possible future NFL season, if the league decided to reinstate him.
If Vick only served 18 months, he would be out of jail two months ahead of the start of training camps for the 2009 season instead of only a month before if he had waited to serve his sentence.