(CNN) — Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has accepted a plea deal that could send him to prison, ending a federal dogfighting prosecution that jeopardizes his pro football career, his lawyers said.
Vick will plead guilty to felony conspiracy next Monday, his defense attorneys said.
A status conference on the case is set for 3 p.m. Monday in U.S. District Court in Richmond, Virginia. The court’s docket shows that Vick will appear again next Monday morning before Judge Henry E. Hudson for a plea agreement hearing.
The U.S. Attorney’s office said it is not commenting. All news of the plea agreement came from the defense.
“After consulting with his family over the weekend, Michael Vick asks that I announce today that he has reached an agreement with federal prosecutors regarding the charges pending against him,” lead defense attorney Billy Martin said in a statement.
“Mr. Vick has agreed to enter a plea of guilty to those charges and to accept full responsibility for his action and the mistakes he has made. Michael wishes to apologize again to everyone who has been hurt by this matter,” Martin’s statement said.
Vick’s attorneys have been negotiating with federal prosecutors over terms of the deal, which must be approved by the judge. While prosecutors can recommend a sentence, the decision ultimately rests with the judge.
The plea would help Vick avoid additional federal charges.”
I’ll update this in more detail in a little bit. Vick should be happy that he is not getting worse than this. On a side note, it is kind of sad to see such an outcry about dogfighting and athletes but domestic violence doesn’t receive the same.