Michael Vick has decided to plead guilty to federal conspiracy charges. On August 27, Vick will enter his guilty plea, after initially pleading not guilty back on July 26. On August 27, Vick is expected to sign a statement of facts similar to those signed by codefendants Quanis Phillips and Purnell Peace this past Friday. At a later date, Vick will be sentenced. Phillips and Peace will be sentenced on November 30. According to federal sentencing guidelines, Vick is expected to face between 12 and 18 months in prison.
The NFL released a statement following news of Vick’s change in plea:
We are aware of Michael Vick’s decision to enter a guilty plea to the federal charges against him and accept responsibility for his conduct. We totally condemn the conduct outlined in the charges, which is inconsistent with what Michael Vick previously told both our office and the Falcons. We will conclude our own review under the league’s personal conduct policy as soon as possible. In the meantime, we have asked the Falcons to continue to refrain from taking action pending a decision by the commissioner.
As did the Falcons:
We are certainly troubled with the news today concerning Michael Vick’s guilty plea to federal charges. It is our understanding that the terms of Michael’s plea will not be available until next Monday, August 27. Additionally, Commissioner Goodell has asked us not to take any action until he has completed his own review of Michael’s situation. Accordingly, we will have no further comment until that time.
Vick was indicted on July 17 by federal authorities, but has yet to face an indictment on local Virginia charges. Evidence about Vick’s involvement with dogfighting is expected to go to grand jury in Surry County at the end of September. He can face up to 40 years in prison based on state charges.
Any suspension of Vick seems likely upon his admission of guilt, although there has been no timetable set for when such a suspension will be meted out.