In the Can

In the Can

A federal judge sentenced former Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick to 23 months in prison in a Richmond, Virginia court yesterday, longer than the  than the 12-18 months requested by prosecutors following Vick’s guilty plea. The federal charge, conspiracy to operate a dogfighting enterprise across state lines, carries a maximum of five years.

Vick, surrendered on November 19 and was already in jail.

“You need to apologize to the millions of young people who looked up to you,” said the judge. Vick agreed.

During Monday night’s NFL game Falcons Cornerback DeAngelo Hall held up a poster of Vick and played the game with “MV7” written on the shade under his eyes, and Roddy White pulled up his jersey after catching a touchdown pass, displaying a “Free Mike Vick” undershirt. The Falcons lost to the Saints 34-14.

National District Attorneys Association President James P. Fox said he “”strongly supports the sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson on Michael Vick . . .  . “

“Mr. Vick’s acts of animal cruelty are abhorrent to people across America, and Judge Hudson’s sentence sends an important message to anyone engaged in dog fighting and other acts of animal abuse. These malicious and brutal acts will not be tolerated. It’s important that those engaged in all forms of animal cruelty understand that they will be reported, arrested, prosecuted, and sentenced to the fullest extent of the law.”

 

Update: The Humane Society of the United States issued a statement on the matter. HSUS President and CEO Wayne Pacelle said the Vick sentence “is fitting and appropriate” and hoped “anyone participating in the sordid activity realizes that dogfighting is a dead end and no good can come from it.”

Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), introduced a bill directing the FBI to include animal cruelty crimes as a category in the agency’s crime data reporting system.

Image by Mike Licht.

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