In an update to Michael Vick’s indictment on charges of conspiracy in an alleged dogfighting operation, he will go before a federal court in Richmond, Virginia, next week.
Vick will first attend a bond hearing before U.S. District Judge Dennis W. Dohnal on July 26. He then will face an arraignment in front of U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, according to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
If Vick is convicted of both portions of the conspiracy charge, he could face six years in prison and a $350,000 fine.
The Atlanta Falcons are scheduled to start their training camp on the same day.
Falcons officials said Tuesday they were troubled by the charges against Vick, who faces up to six years in prison if he is found guilty of involvement in a dogfighting ring.
Our club and team will continue to be tested as Michael works through the legal process toward a conclusion,” the Falcons said in a statement. “We are prepared to deal with it, and we will do the right thing for our club as the legal process plays out.”
The statement added, “We are disappointed that one of our players — and therefore the Falcons — is being presented to the public in a negative way, and we apologize to our fans and the community for that.”
A National Football League spokesman said the allegations against Vick would be reviewed under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
“We are disappointed that Michael Vick has put himself in a position where a federal grand jury has returned an indictment against him,” said spokesman Brian McCarthy. “We will continue to closely monitor developments in this case and to cooperate with law enforcement authorities.”
No arrest warrants have been issued, and Vick and the other defendants — Purnell Peace, 35, of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Quanis Phillips, 28, of Atlanta, Georgia; and Tony Taylor, 34, of Hampton, Virginia — have not been taken into custody, said Jim Rybicki, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg.
A judge is expected to inform Vick and the others of the charges against them Wednesday and make arrangements for them to turn themselves in, Rybicki said.