On November 25, 2008, Michael Vick pled guilty to dog fighting and got a three-year suspended sentence as well as $3,636.97 in restitution. On March 24, 2009, Pernell Peace pled guilty to dog fighting and got a three-year suspended sentence. They said that they had 40 dogs at one time. This is interesting because there are only 30 million people in the United States. That means that there were about 1 million dogs involved in this case.
Vick did not deny that he owned and participated in these fights, but he said that he didn't know it was illegal. The judge who accepted his plea agreement stated that she believed him when he said this because there are laws against dog fighting that nobody knows about. She also noted that Vick had taken responsibility for his actions.
In August 2007, a man was arrested in Virginia after several boxes of frozen, bloodstained dogs were found in his freezer. One of the dogs had its head crushed in. Police believe that this is evidence of another dog fight taking place. No other details are available at this time.
Vick has not commented on this issue since his arrest. However, his attorney said that he will continue to be treated like any other inmate and that he has been receiving regular meals and medical care while in prison.
On August 27, 2007, Michael Vick, the Atlanta Falcons' star quarterback, formally pled guilty before a Richmond, Virginia, court to a federal criminal charge relating to the operation of a dogfighting organization. The plea agreement called for Vick to serve at least three years in prison and to forfeit $1.5 million. He was also ordered to provide information about his finances to the probation office and to pay restitution to his victims.
Vick admitted that he had paid people to fight dogs in contests between May 2002 and February 2006. The fights were held at various locations across the United States. Some of the sites were private properties, while others were municipal parks or fairgrounds.
Vick said that he had invested more than $100,000 in fighting dogs over the years and that some of the money came from the sale of illegal drugs. He added that he had expected to make a lot of money through ticket sales and advertising fees while organizing the fights.
Federal prosecutors alleged that Vick engaged in these activities to obtain cash prizes and to establish himself as the best boxer in the world. They said that he used some of the money he made to purchase property with friends in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia - home to many of his fighting events.
A landmark event in animal cruelty seized the nation's attention 10 years ago this week: the investigation of NFL quarterback Michael Vick for dog fighting. But, in retrospect, the most significant turning point was not so much the news of a celebrity convicted of running a dog fighting ring. It was the announcement by federal prosecutors that they would not seek the death penalty.
Vick was one of several high-profile people accused of participating in illegal dog fights. Other cases included Paul Walter Hauser - who received a life sentence without the possibility of parole for kidnapping and murdering six women between 1979 and 1983 - and Elliot Anderson - who killed seven people in Tennessee during a three-year crime spree that ended in 1994.
But it was Vick's case that made headlines worldwide. He had been ranked number one by his hometown newspaper, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, when he went to trial. However, after being found guilty, his reputation took a major hit when he was sentenced to 23 months in prison and fined $250,000. Even though he served only two months of his sentence, it was enough time for him to lose his job as a result of a contract dispute with the Philadelphia Eagles.
During his trial, evidence was presented showing that he had participated in at least four dog fights. One of the dogs that survived said that Vick had cut its lips off before putting it into a fight area filled with other dogs.
Michael Vick's promising NFL career was marred by off-the-field actions, notably his participation in an illegal dog-fighting operation. Quarterback Michael Vick showed early potential with the Atlanta Falcons, but his experience with dog fighting surprised many. More information is available at biography.com. People History of Women In Science In addition to being one of the most successful football players of all time, Vick also holds the record for most passing yards in a game with 533.
He set this record while playing for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009. It's important to note that Vick never finished high school or college.
Vick was born on July 4th, 1977 in Richmond, Virginia. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1st round (14th pick) of the 1999 NFL Draft. That year he started 11 games for the team and completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,071 yards, 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions. The Falcons went 8-4 during Vick's first season as their starting quarterback.
In 2000, Vick led the Falcons to their only Super Bowl appearance. They lost 34-32 to New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady. From 2001 to 2003, Vick played all 16 games each season and averaged over 100 pass attempts per year. His stats were impressive: 3,426 yards, 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions. The Falcons made the playoffs every year during Vick's tenure there.
47 canines 47 canines were rescued from Michael Vick's dogfighting enterprise and permitted to live twelve years ago. They've improved the lives of countless people while also changing the course of animal welfare.
Vick has said that he decided to stop hunting dogs because he could never bring himself to kill a defenseless creature, but instead he turned his attention to saving animals used for sport. He founded Hope For Animals Foundation, which has provided assistance to prison systems across the country so they can better care for their canine prisoners.
In addition to being a prominent athlete, Vick has been involved in politics and activism. In 2001, he became one of the first athletes to endorse Democrat Howard Dean for president. Three years later, after having already served 21 months in jail, Vick was elected to the Virginia House of Representatives. There he fought for animal rights legislation such as a ban on shark fishing with drumlines.
When he was released from prison in 2013, Vick began lobbying Congress to pass new laws that would help prevent other inmates from going through what he had endured. In addition, he has worked to improve conditions at facilities across the nation where people are incarcerated.
Vick has said that he believes people should not only be forgiven for their sins, but also encouraged to use their fame for good.