Vick's plea shortens sentence
With a steady gaze and another apology, Michael Vick took an important step toward returning to football.
The former star quarterback pleaded guilty to a state dogfighting charge yesterday in Sussex, Va., and the prosecutor dropped an animal cruelty count. Surry Circuit Judge Samuel Campbell accepted the deal and gave Vick a suspended three-year sentence - far less than the maximum 10-year term he could have faced.
The move clears the way for Vick's possible transition to a halfway house, and brings his aim of another chance at professional football closer.
Vick was temporarily brought back to Virginia from Leavenworth, Kan., where he is serving a 23-month sentence after pleading guilty to bankrolling a dogfighting operation. In the federal case, Vick admitted helping kill pit bulls that did not perform well in test fights.
Vick, 28, is scheduled for release next July 20, and will serve three years of probation. He also has been suspended by the NFL and would need commissioner Roger Goodell's approval before rejoining the league.
Vick's latest plea is important because it resolves the remaining charges against him, which is required under federal law if he is to move into a halfway house.
Prosecutor Gerald Poindexter defended dropping the animal cruelty charge and not asking for additional prison time.
"I feel that what I did today is approved by more than a majority of Surry County, and that's the constituency that I'm concerned about," he said.
Reports: Quinn's doneAccording to several reports, Browns quarterback Brady Quinn will miss the remainder of the season with a broken right index finger he made worse by playing Sunday.
Citing unnamed sources, FOXsports.com and the Cleveland Plain Dealer said the break on Quinn's finger worsened after he tried to play through the injury. Quinn initially broke the tip of the finger and damaged a tendon Nov. 17 at Buffalo.
Quinn flew to Birmingham, Ala., yesterday to be examined by Dr. James Andrews, and was advised by Andrews, as well as specialists brought in by the Browns, to end his season before the tendon tore from the bone.
Quinn is now debating whether to have surgery. Browns spokesman Bill Bonsiewicz told the Associated Press that Quinn will meet with medical personnel and the coaching staff this morning.