RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A judge in Richmond, Virginia, sentenced suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick to 23 months in prison today for his role in a dogfighting conspiracy that involved illegal gambling and killing pit bulls.
U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson could have sentenced Vick to up to five years. Vick surrendered November 19th in anticipation of his sentence. He was wearing a black-and-white striped prison suit.
The 27-year-old Vick apologized to the court and his family. Then the judge told him htat he needed to apologize to "the millions of young people who looked up to you."
Vick replied, "Yes, sir."
He acknowledged that he used what he called "poor judgment" and said he was willing to deal with the consequences and accept responsibility for his actions.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank called the sentencing "another step in his legal journey." He says he hopes Vick will use the time to focus his efforts on making positive changes in his life and says he wishes him well in that regard."
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