Atlanta Falcons QB Vick Pleads Not Guilty
made an appearance in federal court in Richmond, Virginia today and pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from an alleged dog fighting operation. Vick was released without bond. The trial date is set for Monday, November 26, 2007
Vick was in court along with 3 co-defendants who also pleaded not guilty. They are are Purnell A. Peace, 35, of Virginia Beach; Quanis L. Phillips, 28, of Atlanta; and Tony Taylor, 34, of Hampton.
If convicted they face up to six years in prison, $350,000 in fines and restitution for conspiracy charges involving competitive dogfighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting, and conducting the enterprise across state lines. Federal prosecutors charge the illegal operation— known as Bad Newz Kennels — was run on Vick's property in Surry County, Va.
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