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Michael Vick to plead guilty to dogfighting charges

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RICHMOND, Va. - Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick will plead guilty to federal dogfighting conspiracy charges. His plea hearing is set for August 27th where he could be punished up to five years in prison with a maximum fine of $250,000. Federal sentencing guidelines will most likely call for less. The NFL Network reported that the agreement calls for a prison term of 10-12 months, while ESPN said it is 12-18 months.

Vick is charged with conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and conspiracy to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture. Three of Vick's original co-defendants who pleaded guilty last month signed statements saying Vick, 27, participated in at least eight dog brutality fights and was virtually in charge of gambling operations.

The gambling allegations alone could trigger a lifetime ban under the NFL's personal conduct policy. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has barred Vick from the Falcon's training camp but has withheld further action while the league conducts its own investigation.

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