Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison today. Afterwards he will serve three years probation and forced to pay a $5,000 fine. He may be eligible for an early release in May 2009 but otherwise is slated to serve until October of that year.
Two of Vick’s co-defendants were senteced last month with Purnell Peace set to serve 18 months and Quanis Phillips 21 months. Tony Taylor is slated to be sentenced this upcoming Friday.
Vick may face further punishment stemming from state charges. His trial in Surry County is slated to begin on April 2, 2008.
Vick was indicted on federal conspiracy charges in July, and plead guilty to those charges the following month. He was levied with an indefinite suspension by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in the ensuing week. Vick currently is still a member of the Atlanta Falcons, however it may be only a matter of time before he is released. It is believed that once the Falcons reclaim a sizable portion of bonus money in Vick’s contract, they will release him. Falcons owner Arthur Blank released the following statement today:
“Michael Vick’s federal prison sentencing today is another step in his legal journey. This is a difficult day for Michael’s family and for a lot of us, including many of our players and fans who have been emotionally invested in Michael over the years.
“We sincerely hope that Michael will use this time to continue to focus his efforts on making positive changes in his life, and we wish him well in that regard.”