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Vick enters guilty plea and faces sentencing

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RICHMOND, Va- Michael Vick filed his plea agreement in federal court on Friday, admitting to conspiracy in a dogfighting ring and helping to kill pit bulls. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback denies ever betting on the fights, only bankrolling them. The statement says that when his kennel's dogs won, the gambling proceeds were generally shared by Vick's three co-defendants Tony Taylor, Purnell Peace and Quanis Phillips.

According to the statement, Vick also was involved in killing six to eight dogs that did not perform well in test sessions. The dogs were executed by drowning or hanging.

As part of the plea agreement, the government recommended a sentence on the low end of the federal sentencing guideline range of a year to 18 months. However, the conspiracy charge is punishable by up to five years in prison, and the judge is not bound by any recommendation or by the sentencing guidelines.

Vick is scheduled to formally enter his plea Monday in U.S. District Court in Richmond, Virginia. He's not expected to be sentenced for several months.

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