Posted Dec. 10, 2007 – Fallen football star Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison Monday for his involvement in organizing a dog-fighting ring from his Richmond, Va., home.
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Vick, 27, pleaded guilty in August to one-count of interstate conspiracy to operate a dog-fighting ring and had already reported to prison voluntarily three weeks ago.
His plea agreement included a recommended sentence of 12 to 18 months in prison.
However, the offense carries a maximum penalty of five years, and Judge Henry E. Hudson is not bound by the recommendation.
In sentencing two of Vick's co-defendants on Nov. 30, Hudson stayed within the recommended guidelines. Quanis Phillips of Atlanta received 21 months.
Due to prior criminal convictions, his recommended guideline was 18 to 24 months.
In sentencing Phillips, the judge said, "You may have thought this was sporting, but it was very callous and cruel." Purnell Peace of Virginia Beach, received 18 months in prison. His recommended guideline had been 12 to 18 months.
In sentencing Vick, the judge considered a pre-sentence report compiled by a probation officer.
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