Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, shown here leaving federal court on August 27 in Richmond, Virginia, will be sentenced, Monday, Dec. 10, 2007. (Steve Helber-Pool/Getty Images)
Richmond, Va. (AP) Michael Vick's involvement in a dogfighting conspiracy that involved gambling and killing pit bulls has earned him a 23-month sentence in prison.
Vick, appearing Monday morning in a Richmond, Virginia, courtroom dressed in a black-and-white striped prison suit, could have been sentenced to up to five years. In court Vick acknowledged he used “poor judgment” and added that he was willing to “deal with the consequences.”
The suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback pleaded guilty in August, admitting that he bankrolled the “bad newz kennels” dogfighting operation and that he helped kill six to eight dogs. In a plea agreement, Vick admitted providing money for bets on the fights but said he never shared in any winnings.